bel esprit

bel es·​prit | \ ˌbe-ˌle-ˈsprē, ˌbe-lə- \
plural beaux esprits\ ˌbō-​ˌze-​ˈsprē , ˌbō-​zə-​ \

Definition of bel esprit

: a person with a fine and gifted mind as a bel esprit she despised pedantry whether in a man or in a bluestocking— Robert Halsband

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History and Etymology for bel esprit

French, literally, fine mind

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“Bel esprit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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