135 French words used in English that you know and love (2023)

Dreamlearn frenchbut fear is too hard? Well, this article will come as a mood lifter! Yes, we have good news for you: if your first language is English, you are not a complete beginner in French. You know at least hundreds of words or more!

In fact, the English language inherited many words from French, 7,000 to be precise, and you probably use some of them on a daily basis. Even better, about 30% of English words come from French!

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Why are French words used in English?

First thing's first. You may be wondering why English, supposedly agermanic language, contains as many French - oneromantic language- Words? Well, you may not be curious, but I am. So I checked it for you!

You'll see, following thisNorman ConquestIn 1066, England was ruled by... well... the Normans. And they spoke an old French language: Anglo-Norman French. It obviously began to influence the language of law, culture and administration in England. Long story short (historical), centuries later I could be done with this"and there you go",and you get it!

French expressions used in English

Let's take a look at a few different sections filled with French phrases and words that are used in English.

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The following words are the same or very similar in English. For more delicious vocabulary, check out our article onFrench food and restaurants, midrinks in french.Enjoy your meal!

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Phrase french meaning meaning in English API
to the letter Separate items on the menu. Separate items on the menu. of the map
Menu List of dishes offered or specials of the day List of dishes offered Michigan
Aperitif Aperitif, sometimes with sandwiches Appetizer before dinner aperitif
Have lunch Have lunch small casual restaurant food
Horn crescent or crescent moon cake crescent shaped cakes kɾwasɑ̃
Salat lettuce or lettuce Salat Salat
sopa sopa sopa and there?
cookies Creamy soup, usually lobster Creamy soup, usually lobster cookies
Tortilla eggshell flache eggshell flache ɔməlɛtə
enjoy your meal Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy
appetizers Appetizer before a meal Appetizer before a meal ɔɾ doevɾe
Vinaigrette Salad dressing Salad dressing for bullet
restaurant restaurant restaurant ɾɛstɔɾɑ̃
blue cape Great cuisine or cordon bleu dish Cordon-Bleu-Aimed kɔɾdõ bleeding
Alcohol Alcohol Alcohol alcohol
Koch Cook Cook ʃɛf
Crutones Toasted/fried pieces of bread, usually served with salad or soup Toasted/fried pieces of bread, usually served with salad or soup kɾutő
Diener Oberkellner Oberkellner dotël before mɛtɾ
Coffee shop coffee, cafeteria coffee shop Coffee shop
soufflé Spongy dish (sweet or salty) Spongy dish (sweet or salty) blow
in fashion With beer, carrots and onions On the rocks a model
summary wine master wine master smell
burn Fried in a little oil Fried in a little oil sote
rojo Mixture of flour and oil used as a base for cooking Mixture of flour and oil used as a base for cooking ɾuks
inseminated Mixture of butter, milk and flour Mixture of butter, milk and flour beʃamɛl
Zucchini (British) Zucchini Zucchini where ɾʒet
pie (British) Was Was gatos
Aubergine (British) Eggplant Eggplant a par from obɛɾʒ
Cornichon (British) Pickles Pickles kɔɾniʃõ


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Phrase french meaning meaning in English API
end of the line end of the line dead end with houses nice thing
end of the line Dead end or desperate situation, depending on the context. an unsolvable situation to spend
arcades A street/alley lined with shops Space to play video games. and arcades
Garage Covered parking or auto repair shop Covered parking Gaɾaʒə
Mal cinema or movies cinema or movies Mal


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Phrase french meaning meaning in English API
ready to wear Clothes to buy as is, not tailored Clothes to buy as is, not tailored pɾ(e)t‿-a-pɔɾte
haute couture high fashion high fashion a kutyɾe
haute couture Sew Form his puppy
Silhouette Silhouette Silhouette silhouette
gently short small short small gently
fake (like faux fur) FALSE FALSE fo (as fo fyɾ)
ohne makeup baseless ohne makeup sɑ̃faɾ
Bathwater Perfume Perfume that too toilet
(Colonia Colonia Colonia (of) intestine
Wardrobe Wardrobe Wardrobe aɾmwaɾə
boutique small shop small shop boutique
Blouse baggy top baggy top Blouse
engine cover winter hat old fashioned hat diabolical
clamp Piece of jewelry worn on the wrist. Piece of jewelry worn on the wrist. basele
Cabin hat or well done Cabin ʃapo
Schick elegant, elegant elegant, elegant I
fancy Suit or clothing to dress as another person Clothes to wear as someone else pair kɔsti
underwear female underwear female underwear lɛ̃ʒəɾje
have put have put formal dress ɾɔsein
Deep cut Neckline, Plunging Neckline Low neckline piece decade

Other French words used in English

Some of these words are fancy, some allow you to shine at social events, and some are… Well, let me tell you, excuse my French.

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Phrase french meaning meaning in English API
New art New art New art aɾ new
Vanguard foreground foreground em avɑ̃-gaɾ
under relief under relief under relief ba-ɾəljɛf
dark movie dark movie dark movie I tried
paper mache paper pulp mixed with glue paper pulp mixed with glue papje mɑʃe
optical illusion Mural that looks real (for example, a window, a door) Mural that looks real (for example, a window, a door) a little her
morena A beautiful girl with brown hair. A woman with brown hair for bɾynɛt
Rubio) Rubio Rubio Blut (e)
bye goodbye (more formal) Bye adoption
on the other hand on the other hand on the other hand It's noisy
Sans Which Which
Conductor conductor conductor ʃdeœɾ
criticism critical critical the critic
Vista Feeling of having experienced something before. Feeling of having experienced something before. de'a you
and itinerary On the way On the way ɑ̃ ɾzu
entrepreneur Someone who started a business Someone who started a business ɑ̃tɾɛpɾənoeɾ
bride boyfriend man boyfriend man and woman fjɑse
Gender art, category, art type, category ʒɑ̃ɾə
I let be Let's do The belief that people can do whatever they want. l(e)se-fɛɾə
enjoy life enjoy life enjoy life ʒwaə is also vivaɾə
apostrophe apostrophe apostrophe apɔstɾɔpə
New Empire Rich people who did not inherit their wealth Rich people who did not inherit their wealth nuvo ɾiʃə
book social error social error for more
voyeur a curious observer a curious observer Vojoeɾ
the RSVP Please respond (Please respond to an invitation) Please respond to an invitation verfrench alphabet
in perfect conclusion ideal, definitive ideal, definitive paɾ ɛkssɛlɑ̃sə
Potpourri Dried and aromatic flowers or cauldron, depending on the context dried and fragrant flowers popuri
have a good trip have a good trip safe travel vwajaʒə
cliché Stereotype or snapshot depending on the context Stereotype kliʃe
from au pair A nanny abroad, usually a student living with a host family. A nanny abroad, usually a student living with a host family. o pɛɾ
deadly woman seductive woman seductive woman famous fatal
laps Three people who live together as a "couple." laps menaʒatɾwɑ
ostrich Bunch of wildflowers or purchased flowers blumenarreglo tripe
quite Outskirts or center, depending on the context Surroundings Surroundings
live a good life Someone who enjoys life, especially food. Someone who enjoys life, especially food. let live
Rebellion the seizure of power the seizure of power ku deta
expertise expertise expertise savwaɾ-fɛɾə
of gravity Necessary Necessary also ɾigœɾ
dear to dear Face to face, usually in a romantic context Face to face, usually in a romantic context tɛt un tɛtə
voila there it is, there it is there it is, there it is voila
of the day of the day of the day that ʒuɾ
final term Appointment, meeting, date. Date, meeting point (time or place) ɾɑ̃de-vu
Schön Beautiful beautiful beautiful a love interest bo
Desk dressing table or desk A government department or office byɾo
period period period kuɾaʒə
Begin Begin The first appearance of an artist. deby
have lunch A small eating utensil (usually a toy) A small eating utensil (usually a toy) Religion
Fila tail or line line Fila
protected Protégé or someone who is guided/influenced by a mentor Someone who is guided/influenced by a mentor pɾɔteʒe
Memory recollection or recollection/memento recollection/souvenir Agua
bizarro Strange Strange strange
jaded not impressed not impressed leader
Bourgeois bourgeois or aristocratic bourgeois or aristocratic buɾʒɛwa
Definitely Definitely positive Definitely positive såɾtɛ̃
Content happy satisfied happy satisfied Kurz
Horrible painful painful kɾoel
To take serious, solemn serious, solemn promise
language tedious tedious Horse
Orange fruit or color fruit or color ɔɾɑ̃ʒə
Possible fabricable fabricable com pɔsib
Simply to be honest to be honest a friend
Regarding Regarding Regarding a pɾɔpo
Blankovollmacht Get permission to do what you want Get permission to do what you want kaɾtə blɑ̃ʃə
On guard On guard On guard em ɑ̃ gaɾ
sorry sorry sorry ɛkskyze-mwa
I do not know what A quality or characteristic that is difficult to describe. A quality or characteristic that is difficult to describe. What is it?
pseudonym A pseudonym for a writer. A pseudonym for a writer. and swim
blow touched or moved good counterpoint martes
scoff Ridiculous Ridiculous with what we are
sabotage Sabotage, manipulation, vandalism Sabotage, manipulation, vandalism sabɔtaʒə
morgan girl Mirage Mirage miɾaʒə
facade facade, front facade, front facade
Sent Sent Sent adɾwa
Check list something to help you remember something to help you remember (e)de-memwaɾə
ballet classical dance style classical dance style and she went
Loungers Long chair to lie down (outdoor) long chair to lie on ʃɛzé lage
Also More or less More or less kame si, kame sa
goalie Receptionist in a luxury hotel or apartment building Receptionist in a luxury hotel or apartment building kõsjɛɾʒə
best of the best First class, the best of the best. First class, the best of the best. kɾɛmə de la kɾɛmə
Decor Design, decoration and furnishing of a room/place Design, decoration and furnishing of a room/place dezɔɾ
Back Buttocks or buttocks, depending on the context buttocks dɛrjɛɾə
Force Majeure Unpredictable and overwhelming event Unpredictable and overwhelming event fɔɾsə maʒœɾə
Evening night, night party Night party babble

Looks are deceiving

i hate being one"Revelation", but unfortunately there is a difference between French words in French and French words in English: the accent! Americans and British have their own correct way of pronouncing French words, and most of the time they don't sound French. and i understand whyfrench pronunciationIt's not a picnic!

In fact, when I pronounce French words like"Final Deadline"o"Gender"With my French accent, my American friends don't understand. So I change my accent to American and that's fine!

Watch thisfunny videofor specific examples and don't worry, you won't sound pretentious trying to have a French accent!

French words in British and American English

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And if you want to expand your vocabulary in French, take a look at ourFree French vocabulary blog lessons.


What are 10 French words that we use in English? ›

Learn Some Common French Words
  • Bonjour = Hello, Good morning.
  • Au revoir = Goodbye.
  • Oui = Yes.
  • Non = No.
  • Merci = Thank you.
  • Merci beaucoup = Thank you very much.
  • Fille = Girl.
  • Garçon = Boy.

What are the 100 most used French words? ›

100 most frequently used French words
  • suite (noun [f. ]) result, follow-up, rest.
  • bon (adj., adv.) good; (noun [m. ]) coupon, voucher.
  • comprendre (verb) to understand.
  • depuis (prep., adv.) since.
  • point (adv.) at all; (noun [m. ]) point.
  • ainsi (adv.) thus.
  • heure (noun [f. ]) hour.
  • rester (verb) to stay.

What are some of the words in common between French and English? ›

French cognates are words that are spelled the same in English and French. There are hundreds of these words.
Some examples:
  • acceleration – l'accélération.
  • action – action.
  • addiction – addiction.
  • ambition – ambition.
  • attention – attention.
  • celebration – celebration.
  • champion – champion.
  • communication – communication.

What are the 20 most used verbs in French? ›

Lesson Transcript
  • être, to be. To be or not to be Être ou ne pas être. ...
  • avoir, to have. Don't forget that verbs in French are conjugated. ...
  • faire, to do. ...
  • dire, to say. ...
  • pouvoir, can. ...
  • aller, to go. ...
  • Voir, to see. ...
  • vouloir, to want.

Does What 3 words work in France? ›

French: What3words ignores accents as not everyone types them. This means it can't use words that are only differentiated by accents, such as côte and côté. German: A German person using a non-German keyboard may type an umlaut by adding an “e” on to the vowel instead, so that “schön” becomes “schoen”, for example.

What are the 7 swear words in French? ›

Let's take a look:
  • Putain. 'Putain' is definitely the most commonly used French swear word. ...
  • Merde. 'Merde' is another popular curse word- perhaps not as popular as 'putain' but it is still used a lot. ...
  • Va te faire foutre. ...
  • Je m'en fous. ...
  • Ta gueule. ...
  • Salope/ Salaud. ...
  • Bâtard/ Bâtarde. ...
  • Niquer.
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How many French words are there in English? ›

Common Questions About French Words

According to one estimate, there are over 7,500 French words that are being used in English. Many more have come from Latin from which French has originated. This implies that a significant number of English words either have an exact or similar counterpart in French.

What is the most popular French word? ›

The most commonly used words in French are: Oui (yes), non (no), merci (thank you), je (I), tu/vous (you), le/la/les (the), un, une des (a, an and some), le/la/les (it, them), et (and) and mais (but).

What are 50 French words? ›

Let's dive right in with some of the most common French words and phrases.
  • Bonjour: a general greeting meaning “hello” or “good morning”
  • Au revoir: goodbye.
  • Oui: yes.
  • Non: no.
  • Merci: thank you.
  • Merci beaucoup: thank you very much.
  • Fille: girl.
  • Garçon: boy.

Is there a French word for 70? ›

70 = soixante-dix which is “60 + 10” 80 = quatre-vingts which is “four 20s” 90 = quatre-vingt which is “four 20s + 10”

What is a common French saying? ›

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup.

Literal translation: “Eat well, laugh often, love a lot.” Actual meaning: “Live life to the fullest” or carpe diem (“seize the day”). Use this positive French saying to console a friend that is having a hard time.

How can I speak French easily? ›

Tips That Can Help You Learn to Speak French With Confidence
  1. 1: Start with useful, practical French phrases. ...
  2. 2: Practise learning and speaking French vocabulary in context. ...
  3. 3: Immerse yourself in French. ...
  4. 4: Speak French every day.

Do 30% of English words come from French? ›

In fact nearly 30% of all English words come directly or indirectly from French. The main influx of French words can be traced back to the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

What are the 25 main verbs? ›

25 Most Common Verbs
  • be.
  • have.
  • do.
  • say.
  • get.
  • make.
  • go.
  • know.

What are the 23 main verbs? ›

To the tune of "Jingle Bells", he sang: Helping verbs, helping verbs, there are 23! Am, is, are, was and were, being, been, and be, Have, has, had, do, does, did, will, would, shall and should.

What are the 24 special verbs? ›

24 Auxiliary Verbs List With Examples #7
  • I must go.
  • Go I must.
  • He must have gone.
  • He must be a liar.
  • You must do this.
  • You must not tell a lie.
  • You must be a rich man.
  • You must have been absent.
Nov 7, 2022

How many words do you need to be fluent in French? ›

It is estimated that you have to learn 5000 words to be fluent in French. Be selective and learn the 5000 most used words in French! Think about it. Some words are more valuable than others.

What do you call a person from France? ›

A Frenchman ; The French.

How many words does it take to be fluent in French? ›

However, it is estimated that a truly fluent French speaker knows around 3,000 words.

Is the D word a cuss word? ›

It's technically a swear but also technically not a swear. Kids' shows and movies don't use it because some young kids think it is a swear.

What is the T word swear? ›

T-word, a euphemism for tranny, a pejorative term for transgender individuals.

Is Sacré Bleu offensive? ›

Sacrebleu! Sacrebleu is a stereotypical and very old fashioned French curse, which is rarely used by the French these days. An English equivalent would be “My Goodness!” or “Golly Gosh!” It was once considered very offensive.

What French word has all 5 vowels? ›

The coolest French word may be jouaient (third person plural imperfect of jouer – to play), which has all five vowels in a row!

How many words is a 1 minute speech in French? ›

French. French is a language with one of the fastest speaking and reading rates. With a speaking rate of 5.02 syllables per second, equivalent to about 195 words per minute, the French language can speed through words via dropped syllables and abbreviating words.

What are the prettiest French words? ›

15 Most Beautiful Words in French
  • Douceur.
  • Feuilleter.
  • Onirique.
  • Flâner.
  • Chuchoter.
  • Rêvasser.
  • Éphémère.
  • Émerveiller.

What are cute French words? ›

20 Cute French Words That Will Melt Your Heart
  • Un bisou (kiss) Note that in French Québec, this word can be shortened to bee with your children. ...
  • Des bijoux (jewelry) ...
  • Ma belle/mon beau (my beautiful/my handsome) ...
  • Ma joie (my joy) ...
  • Un câlin (hug or cuddle) ...
  • Un canard (duck) ...
  • Sa suce (pacifier or binky) ...
  • Mon chat (cat)
Dec 7, 2022

What is French slang for cool? ›

Chouette (great, nice, cool)

But as a slang term, you can use it to describe something you like or to say something or someone is cool. Example: Mon prof est chouette. My teacher is cool. C'est chouette!

What are 10 big words? ›

In this post, we will look at eight of the longest words in the English language.
  • Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. ...
  • Floccinaucinihilipilification. ...
  • Incomprehensibility. ...
  • Trichotillomania. ...
  • Xenotransplantation. ...
  • Tergiversation. ...
  • Uncopyrightable. ...
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.
Jan 31, 2020

What are the top 100 most used words? ›

The 100 most common words in English
1. the21. at61. some
2. of22. be62. her
3. and23. this63. would
4. a24. have64. make
5. to25. from65. like
15 more rows

Does French have a word for 90? ›

French Numbers: 90-99

90 is quatre-vingt-dix (four-twenty-ten), 91 is quatre-vingt-onze (four-twenty-eleven), etc.

How do the French say 99? ›


What are 3 greetings in French? ›

The most important French greetings include bonjour (hello), enchanté(e) (nice to meet you), bonsoir (good evening/hello), salut (hi), coucou (hey), Ça fait longtemps, dis donc (long time no see), Âllo (hello), Ça va? (how are you?), tu vas bien? (have you been well?), quoi de neuf? (what's up?), au revoir!

How do you say 1 in French? ›

Numbers 1-10 in French
  1. un.
  2. deux.
  3. trois.
  4. quatre.
  5. cinq.
  6. six.
  7. sept.
  8. huit.
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What was the very 1st word? ›

According to a 2009 study by researchers at Reading University, the oldest words in the English language include “I“, “we“, “who“, “two” and “three“, all of which date back tens of thousands of years.

What is 100th word? ›

100th (hundredth) 101st (hundred and first)

What is the 45 letter word? ›

1 Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (forty-five letters): A lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica or quartz dust.

What do dogs in France say? ›

Dog – wouf wouf/ouaf ouaf

Depending on whether we are talking about those deep barks of a big dog, or the sharp yelps of a tiny dog, dogs in France say wouf wouf or oaf oaf when they aboie – bark. But dogs can also grogner (to growl), or even hurler (howl). J'ai peur des chiens qui grognent.

How do I ask for a restroom in France? ›

Just ask: “est-ce que je peux utiliser vos toilettes s'il vous plaît” (may I use your restroom) with a smile, and it should be no problem.

How many French words are used in the English language? ›

French and Latin words make up 58 % of modern English vocabulary today. On their own, purely French words make up 29% of English. It's generally thought that around 10,000 words have been borrowed into English from French.

How many English words come from French? ›

About 45% of the English vocabulary originates from the French language.


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