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French Words in English
One of the most interesting things about the English language is that it is full of words that come from French. Indeed, these so-called “borrow” words make our language much more exciting.
Also, knowing these words can help you to learn French. Here’s a list over 50 words, phrases and expressions in English that come from French. There a lot more of these words that don’t appear on this list. I picked my favorite and the ones that are most commonly used. You can click on any of the French words and listen to the audio pronunciation. Enjoy!
To the/in the manner of
à la carte
Restaurant menu items sold separately or individually usually in smaller portions.
à la mode
Refers to serving a desert with ice cream, eg “apple pie à la mode.
good-bye or farewell
Small bite-size hors d’œuvre
A drink taken before a meal, usually alcoholic.
Culinary term referring to serving a dish with sauce
Not being impressed with something due to over-familiarity
“Enjoy your meal” – said before eating
Somebody who enjoys their life
Enjoy your trip!
Preoccupied with material values and class rank or status
Usually refers to a female with brown hair
A coffee house
café au lait
Coffee with milk
Stylish, in fashion
A saying that is used to often
A tight or exclusive group – pronounced “Click” in English.
Nativity scene for christmas
Desert with custard and caramelized sugar
crème de la crème
Best of the best
An analysis of one’s work
Referring to home decorating
Literally “already seen” but refers to situations that seem like they’ve happened before.
A file containing information about a person
eau de toilette
Aromatic splashing water used after bathing; a mild perfume or cologne
eau de vie
Whiskey, brandy or other strong alcoholic beverages.
“Take your guard” – said in the sport of fencing.
The main dish of a meal (US) or the first course of a meal (UK)
A fake persona or false impressions
Adjective for fake, eg faux fur for fake fur
Something one must not do in order to remain polite
A seductrice harboring bad intentions.
A woman or man who will be married.
Stupid mistake or blunder
Type or kind
High-end or gourmet cooking
joie de vivre
Joy of living
Political philosophy referring to non-interference
Sickness or not feeling comfortable
Fat Tuesday, annual festival celebrated in New Orleans.
Born, used in writing when referring to a woman’s maiden name.
Refers to people who have recently become wealthy but were previously poor.
Ready to wear
Reason or purpose for existing
Diplomatic term for two states or bodies moving towards each other
Literally “rebirth” – Refers to 14-17th century Europe
Knowing or brilliant – often used in relation to those with Autism.
Refers to an evening party
soupe du jour
Soup of the day.
Literally “head-to-head” – Refers to two people facing offer in a close debate.
Oil and vinegar salad dressing
Comparing one thing in relation to another