jeu d'esprit

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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.]
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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]
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jeu d'es•prit

(ʒœ dɛsˈpri)

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

A French phrase meaning play of spirit, used to mean something done wittily or cleverly, especially a piece of writing.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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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