Definition of esprit
1 : vivacious cleverness or wit
2 : esprit de corps
Examples of esprit in a Sentence
the dance company has an infectious esprit that captivates audiences
Recent Examples of esprit from the Web
Staff members lawyer up and develop protective moats around themselves, undermining the esprit de corps essential for doing a high-pressure job well,
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.
Staff members lawyer up and develop protective moats around themselves, undermining the esprit de corps essential for doing a high-pressure job well.
Snarky comments made about other unlikely alliances, however, often bespeak a callousness or a lack of esprit.
Now realtors are touting proximity to the Cyber Command as a selling point for houses, while local residents hope permanent placement will boost the local economy, and perhaps even infuse the town with high-tech esprit.
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Origin and Etymology of esprit
French, from Old French espirit, Latin spiritus spirit
First Known Use: 1573See Words from the same year
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