jeu d'esprit


jeu d'es·​prit zhœ-de-ˈsprē How to pronounce jeu d'esprit (audio)
plural jeux d'esprit zhœ-de-ˈsprē How to pronounce jeu d'esprit (audio)
: a witty comment or composition

Word History


French, literally, play of the mind

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jeu d'esprit was in 1712

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Cite this Entry

“Jeu d'esprit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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