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jeu d'e·sprit

 (zhœ dĕs-prē′)
n. pl. jeux d'esprit (zhœ)
A work of light playfulness or wit, especially in literature.

[French, play of the mind : jeu, play, game (from Old French gieu, from Latin jocus, joke; see joke) + de, of + esprit, mind; see esprit.]

jeu d'esprit

(ʒø dɛspri)
n, pl jeux d'esprit (ʒø dɛspri)
a light-hearted display of wit or cleverness, esp in literature
[literally: play of spirit]

jeu d'es•prit

(ʒœ dɛsˈpri)

n., pl. jeux d'es•prit (ʒœ)
French.
a witty remark or piece of writing.
[literally, play of wit]

jeu d'esprit

A French phrase meaning play of spirit, used to mean something done wittily or cleverly, especially a piece of writing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jeu d'esprit - a witty comment or writing
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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This was, alter all, a culture that gave us jeux d'esprit and treatises on the art of conversation.
The "tri" points to Rimbaud's engagement of the reader in actual games, poetic jeux d'esprit.
The organ, played for the first time last year by world-renowned organist Nicholas Kynaston, came first in the Jeux d'esprit - the mind at play - category.