jeu d'esprit

[ zhœdes-pree ]
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noun,plural jeux d'es·prit [zhœdes-pree]. /ʒœ dɛsˈpri/. French.
  1. a witticism.

  2. a literary work showing keen wit or intelligence rather than profundity.

Origin of jeu d'esprit

1
Literally, “play of spirit”

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jeu d'esprit

/ French (ʒø dɛspri) /


nounplural jeux d'esprit (ʒø dɛspri)
  1. a light-hearted display of wit or cleverness, esp in literature

Origin of jeu d'esprit

1
literally: play of spirit

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