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 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, "Virtual UN meeting saps NYC of yearly hubbub, cash infusion," 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, "Nokia’s collapse turned a sleepy town in Finland into an internet wonderland," 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, "How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics," 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,, "Roma ousts Barcelona in UEFA Champions League: Highlights, live updates recap," 10 Apr. 2018 Wait — months later, that’s her big comeback, her esprit d’escalier? Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hillary Excuse No. 1,756: Trump Stood Too Close to Me," 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, "The Daily 202: Trump White House might learn more from studying Whitewater than Watergate as Comey testifies," 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, "Mild in Mideast, Trump Is All Elbows in a Europe Eager to Jab Back," 26 May 2017 Staff members lawyer up and develop protective moats around themselves, undermining the esprit de corps essential for doing a high-pressure job well. Russell Riley, The Atlantic, "The Punishing Reality of White House Investigations," 22 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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1 Oct 2020

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“Esprit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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