bel esprit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bel esprit.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bel esprit (plural beaux esprits)

  1. A very witty or clever person.
    • (Can we date this quote by Washington Irving and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      a man of letters and a bel esprit

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

bel esprit m (plural beaux esprits)

  1. wit, genius, bel esprit