enfant terrible for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɒnfɒn teriːblə)
Word forms: enfants terribles
countable noun [usu sing]
If you describe someone as an enfant terrible, you mean that they are clever but unconventional, and often cause problems or embarrassment for their friends or families. [literary] ⇒ He became known as the enfant terrible of British theater.