jeu d'esprit

noun
jeu d'es·​prit | \ zhœ-de-ˈsprē How to pronounce jeu d'esprit (audio) \
plural jeux d'esprit\ zhœ-​de-​ˈsprē How to pronounce jeux d'esprit (audio) \

Definition of jeu d'esprit

: a witty comment or composition

First Known Use of jeu d'esprit

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeu d'esprit

French, literally, play of the mind

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“Jeu d'esprit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jeu%20d%27esprit. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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