es·​prit | \ i-ˈsprē How to pronounce esprit (audio) \

Definition of esprit

1 : vivacious cleverness or wit

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Examples of esprit in a Sentence

the dance company has an infectious esprit that captivates audiences
Recent Examples on the Web Each outfit in the show is accompanied by a headpiece that features a corresponding term, such as esprit, vitality, and self-determination. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2021 The assembly has moved online because of the coronavirus, compounding the pandemic's blows to the city's economy and worldly esprit. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, 21 Sep. 2020 Longtime residents credit the company for the city’s somewhat international esprit and a level of spoken English beyond even the already-high Finnish norm (the city’s street names—Machine Alley; Adapter Street—are more unambiguous). Natasha Frost, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2019 College deans wanted to establish the same esprit-de-corps within houses as could be found in an exclusive fraternity, but that required engineering. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, 6 Sep. 2019 But Edin Dzeko Goal - AS Roma vs Barcelona 1-0 via -- esprit-foot (@esprit_foot) April 10, 2018 Pregame information: Barcelona beat Roma 4-1 at home in the first leg of the series. Jamie Goldberg,, 10 Apr. 2018 Wait — months later, that’s her big comeback, her esprit d’escalier? Kyle Smith, National Review, 28 Aug. 2017 Staff members lawyer up and develop protective moats around themselves, undermining the esprit de corps essential for doing a high-pressure job well, James Hohmann, Washington Post, 8 June 2017 Mr. Trump seemed more at ease in Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by a hereditary royal family, than in Europe, where he was faced with the youthful esprit of leaders like France’s 39-year-old president, Emmanuel Macron. Mark Landler And Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of esprit

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for esprit

French, from Old French espirit, Latin spiritus spirit

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20 Sep 2021

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“Esprit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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