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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.
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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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