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or spi·ri·tu·elle

[spir-i-choo-el; French spee-ree-tyel]
  1. showing or having a refined and graceful mind or wit.
  2. light and airy in movement; ethereal.
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Origin of spirituel

1665–75; < French: literally, spiritual
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Historical Examples of spirituel

  • One reads that the Béarnais are "irascible, jealous, and spirituel."

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield

  • They are more than witty, they are spirituel; and they have more than talent, they have taste.

  • And Walter—the pretty boy, so spirituel, with his black velvet frock and short sleeves tied with scarlet ribbon—where was he?

  • They meet and read papers on technical subjects, but have little interest in anything natural or spirituel.

  • From 1827 to 1832 there was only one performance of a Beethoven Symphony at the Spirituel concerts.

British Dictionary definitions for spirituel


  1. having a refined and lively mind or witAlso (feminine): spirituelle (ˌspɪrɪtjʊˈɛl)
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Word Origin for spirituel

C17: from French
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