Definition of esprit in US English:

esprit

noun

  • The quality of being lively, vivacious, or witty.

    • ‘They are utterly unique in the ambitiousness of their goals, the intensity of their conversations, the degree of their esprit, and the extraordinary results they deliver.’
    • ‘The trouble, though, was that Cole Porter had become incapable of turning out a trademark Cole Porter song, with its inimitable mix of eroticism and esprit.’
    • ‘Still, personal magnetism and motivational esprit remain important qualifications for leadership in evangelical groups.’
    • ‘His esprit is evident even today.’
    flair, stylishness, smartness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, finesse, panache, flourish, taste
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Origin

French, from Latin spiritus ‘spirit’.

Pronunciation

esprit

/əsˈprē/