a person of great wit or intellect.
He was a statesman, a bel-esprit, a virtuoso, and a connoisseur.
The Monarchs of the Main, Volume I (of 3) Walter Thornbury
And that father of hers, with his doubtful past and his cruelties, and the bel-esprit her mother, with her doubtful reputation.
Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
What we commonly understand in French by “esprit,” “bel-esprit,” “trait d’esprit,” are—ingenious thoughts.
A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
One evening he took me with him to a literary renion, at which every bel-esprit of the capital was to be present.
Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862 Various
There was the blue-stocking lady, a mature belle and bel-esprit.
Life Without and Life Within Margaret Fuller
Madame de Pompadour joked my companion about her ‘bel-esprit’, but sometimes she reposed confidence in her.
The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an “Unknown English Girl” and the Princess Lamballe
- Beaux’ stratagem
a comedy (1707) by George Farquhar.
a light, stiff sheeting made of wood fiber and used in building, especially for partitions or temporary structures. Historical Examples I told Dinky-Dunk I wanted two new window-frames, beaverboard for inside lining, and two gallons of paint. The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer noun a stiff light board of compressed wood fibre, used esp to surface […]
William Maxwell Aitken, Lord (1st Baron) 1879–1964, English publisher, born in Canada. noun 1st Baron, title of William Maxwell Aitken. 1879–1964, British newspaper proprietor and Conservative politician, born in Canada, whose newspapers included the Daily Express; minister of information (1918); minister of aircraft production (1940–41)
a town in SW Ohio.