jeu d'esprit

[ zhœdes-pree ]
/ ʒœ dɛsˈpri /
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noun, plural jeux d'es·prit [zhœdes-pree]. /ʒœ dɛsˈpri/. French.
a witticism.
a literary work showing keen wit or intelligence rather than profundity.
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Origin of jeu d'esprit

Literally, “play of spirit”
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British Dictionary definitions for jeu d'esprit

jeu d'esprit
/ French (ʒø dɛspri) /

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

Word Origin for jeu d'esprit

literally: play of spirit
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