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bel esprit

[ bel es-pree ]
/ bɛl ɛsˈpri /
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noun, plural beaux es·prits [boh zes-pree]. /boʊ zɛsˈpri/. French.
a person of great wit or intellect: He found this charming bel esprit, not among his university colleagues, but in the person of a young widow on the outskirts of town.
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Origin of bel esprit

First recorded in 1630–40; French: literally, “fine mind, wittiness”

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British Dictionary definitions for bel esprit

bel esprit
/ French (bɛl ɛspri) /

noun plural beaux esprits (boz ɛspri)
a witty or clever person

Word Origin for bel esprit

literally: fine wit
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