jeu d'esprit

jeu d'esprit
noun (plural jeux d'esprit) Etymology: French, literally, play of the mind Date: 1712 a witty comment or composition

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  • Jeu d'Esprit — Jeu d Es|prit* [ʒødɛs pri] das; , Jeux d Esprit [ʒø...] <aus gleichbed. fr. jeu d esprit, eigtl. »Geistesspiel«; vgl. ↑Esprit> (veraltet) geistreicher Einfall, Wortspielerei …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Jeu d'esprit — Jeu d es prit [F., play of mind.] A witticism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jeu d'esprit — meaning ‘a witty or humorous trifle’, is pronounced zher des pree and is printed in italics. It has the plural form jeux d esprit (pronounced the same) …   Modern English usage

  • jeu d'esprit — [zhö des prē′] n. pl. jeux d esprit [zhö] [Fr, lit., play of intellect] a clever, witty turn of phrase, piece of writing, etc …   English World dictionary

  • jeu d'esprit* — jeu d es•prit [[t]ʒœ dɛsˈpri[/t]] n. pl. jeux d es•prit [[t]ʒœ[/t]] French. fot a witty remark or piece of writing • Etymology: lit., play of wit …   From formal English to slang

  • jeu d'esprit — /zhue des prddee /, pl. jeux d esprit /zhue des prddee /. French. 1. a witticism. 2. a literary work showing keen wit or intelligence rather than profundity. [lit., play of spirit] * * * …   Universalium

  • jeu d'esprit — [ʒə: dɛ spri:] noun (plural jeux d esprit pronunciation same) a light hearted display of wit. Origin Fr., lit. game of the mind …   English new terms dictionary

  • jeu d'esprit — n. (pl. jeux d esprit pronunc. same) a witty or humorous (usu. literary) trifle. Etymology: F, = game of the spirit …   Useful english dictionary

  • jeu d'esprit — noun witticism; witty comment or composition …   Wiktionary

  • jeu d'esprit — [Fr.] Joke, jest, quirk, quip, crank, sally, witticism, mot …   New dictionary of synonyms

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