Pronounced: ih-MAY-go (alt: ih-MAH-go), noun
Notes: Interesting plural: imagines (ih-MAY-guh-neez); can also use the (expected) imagoes
The word bel-esprit means “a person of great wit or intellect; a witty or clever person”
Our word came into English in the mid-1600s
Background / Comments
A nice word to use to as an alternate to “witty” or “clever”. It is, as you may think, a French word; in that language, bel-esprit means “fine mind; wittiness”. This word has an interesting plural: beaux-esprits.