jeu d'esprit

[ zhœ des-pree ]
/ ʒœ dɛsˈpri /

noun, plural jeux d'es·prit [zhœ des-pree] /ʒœ dɛsˈpri/. French.

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

Nearby words

  1. jetton,
  2. jetty,
  3. jetway,
  4. jeté,
  5. jeu,
  6. jeu de mots,
  7. jeune fille,
  8. jeune premier,
  9. jeune première,
  10. jeunesse dorée

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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