/ espriː /
ETYM French See Spirit.
(French) Wit; vivacity; quick intelligence. esprit de corps, loyalty to organization, corps or fellow-members; team spirit. esprit de l’escalier, “wit of the staircase”; (witty) remark, retort one wishes one had thought of at the time. esprit fort, religious free-thinker.
Liveliness of mind or spirit.
Trade name of an international group of companies designing garments, accessories, and lifestyle products. The company has become well known for its Ecollection which is launched biannually. The garments are made from organically grown cotton which has not been bleached. Esprit also sells handmade accessories such as glass beads, earrings, tagua nut buttons from Brazil, and bracelets made by the Huichol Indians in Mexico.
Founded 1968 by Susie and Doug Tompkins, Esprit initially designed fashionable sportswear for the US market. A German-based division with its own design team was established 1977 and has become one of the best-known fashion brand names in Germany. Esprit UK was founded 1987, but was subsequently bought by Esprit Europe.
/ məræl /
ETYM French See Moral.
1. Moral principles, teachings, or conduct.
2. The mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand; a sense of common purpose with respect to a group; esprit de corps.
3. The level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future.
4. A state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose.