French words and expressions often used in English
French words and expressions often used in English
➡ Adieu : (exlam) good-bye
💡 I bid you adieu.
➡ A la carte : (exp) each item priced separately
💡 Let’s order a la carte and then share.
➡ Ambience : (n) mood of surroundings
💡 I like the ambience in this restaurant.
Apropos : (adj) appropriate ➡
💡 How apropos that his son give the speech.
➡ Attache : (n) diplomat
💡 He’s the French attache.
➡ Avant garde : (adj) ahead of one’s time
💡 Her style is very avant garde.
➡ Blase : (adj) indifferent
💡 When I asked her to give an opinion about the scandal,she seemed very blase.
➡ Bon appetit : (exclam) enjoy your meal
➡ Bon vivant :n one who enjoys life to the fullest
➡ Bon voyage : (exlam) have a good trip
➡ Bourgeois : (adj) middle class
💡 She’s so bourgeois! she’s so middle class.
➡ Boutique : (n) a small specialty shop
💡 They have lots of gift ideas in this boutique.
➡ Bric-a-brac: (n) a collection of small objects with sentimental value
💡 Did you see all the bric-a-brac she has all over the house?
➡ Brouhaha: (n) commotion
💡 What’s that brouhaha outside?
➡ Camaraderie : (n) friendship
💡 He loves the camaraderie we have with each other.
➡ Carte blanche : (n) complete discretionary freedom
💡 He gave me the carte blanche to redecorate the house the way I wanted.
➡ Chateau : (n) castle
💡 Next week we’re visiting the chateaus of Australia.
➡ Collage : (n) an artistic design made of various pieces of material glued to a surface
💡 I remember making my first collage when I was 8 years old.
➡ Concierge : (n) janitor,doorkeeper,hotel manager
💡 What a beautiful hotel,lets find the concierge.
➡ Coup : (n) a sudden stroke of good luck
💡 That was a real coup.
➡ Coup d’etat : (n) violent overthrow or transformation of the government
💡 There was a coup d’etat yesterday in the Philippines.
➡ Creme de la creme : (exp) the cream of the crop,the very best
💡 This class of students represents the creme de la creme.
➡ Cul de sac : (n) street closed at one end
💡 They live on a cul-de-sac.
➡ Debacle : (n) a complete failure or disaster
💡 The entire project was a debacle.
➡ Debut : (n) first appearance
💡 She made her first singing debut in California.
➡ Debutante : (n) one who is making a first appearance
💡 Although she’s a debutante,she’s one of the best performers in the play
➡ Declasse : (adj) said of something lacking in style and class
💡 Can you believe she’s serving hamburgers to her guests?how declasse .
➡ Deja vu : (exp) a psychic feeling of having already seen a particular place or event
💡 I know I’ve never been here before but I recognize everything,talk about deja vu.
Echelon : (n) hierarchy,rank ➡
💡 She’s part of the upper echelon.
➡ Eclair : (n) an oblong pastry filled with custard
💡 We had eclairs for dessert at my mother’s house.
➡ Elite : (n) aristocracy
💡 He’s part of the elite.
➡ Emigre : (n) immigrant
💡 She’s a foreign emigre.
➡ Ennui : (n) boredom
💡 I don’t think I can stand another day of ennui.
➡ En route : (exp) on the road
💡 We’ve been en route for an hour now.
➡ Ensemble : (n) performing together
💡 This is one of the best musical ensembles in town.
➡ Entree : (n) main course
💡 What did they serve for the entree?
➡ Fait accompli : (exp) said of something which is already under way
💡 You can’t stop them now. It’s a fait accompli.
➡ Faux pas : (exp) social error
💡 You made a real faux pas when you started talking about his mistress in front of his wife.
➡ Finale : (n) end of a performance
💡 This is the finale.
➡ Finesse : (n) diplomacy
💡 Let her handle the problem,she has a lot of finesse.
➡ Gourmand : (n) glutton
💡 He’s such a gourmand.
➡ Gourmet : (n) one who has discriminating taste in the art of fine cooking
💡 People are nervous about inviting him over for dinner because he’s such a gourmet.
➡ Haute couture : (exp) high fashion
💡 This boutique specilizes in haute couture.
➡ Haute cuisine : (exp) fine and elaborate cooking
💡 Forgive my son for his eating.he’s not used to haute cuisine.
➡ Hors d’oeuvre : (exp) appetizer
💡 Would you care for an hors d’oeuvre.
➡ Je ne sais quoi : (exp) undefinable quality in a person
💡 He has a certain je ne sais quoi. I really like him.
➡ Laissez faire : (exp) an attitude of non-involvement
💡 His attitude is very laissez faire.
➡ Maitre d’hotel : (exp) headwaiter
➡ Ask the maitre d’hotel for a table by the window.
➡ Malaise : (n) uneasiness
💡 Did you notice the malaise he was experiencing with us last night?
➡ Mardi Gras : (exp) a carnival in New Orleans culminating on shrove Tuesday
➡ Melange : (n) mixture
💡 What’s this melange you’re making?
➡ Melee : (n) first fight involving many people
💡 Look at the melee outside.
➡ Monsieur : (n) Mr , Sir
💡 Do you know monsieur Dubois?
➡ Nom de plume : (exp) pseudonym for a writer
💡 What is his nom de plume?
➡ Nouveau riche : (exp) newly rich
💡 This is where all nouveau riche live.
➡ Nouvelle cuisine : (exp) refers to the newest from of cooking which consists of little fat
💡 I love the taste of nouvelle cuisine.
➡ Passe : (adj) outdated
💡 That style of clothing is passe.
➡ Piece de resistance : (exp) climax in a presentation
💡 And now for the piece de resistance.
➡ Pied-a-terre : (n) temporary or secondary dwelling
💡 We have a pied-a-terre in London.
➡ Poignant : (adj) powerful and emotionally moving
💡 This part of the movie is very poignant .
➡ Potpourri : (exp) an assortment (rotten pot)
💡 My sister is now going to perform a potpourri of songs for you.
➡ Repondez s’il vous plait : (exp) always seen as R.S.V.P respond if you please
💡 Note.the initials R.S.V.P are commonly added to the bottom of an invitation where a response is request by the host
➡ Salon : (n) elegant business establishment
💡 Did you see the new hair salon on the corner?
➡ Savoir faire : (exp) a keen understanding of proper conduct in a given situation
💡 He has a great deal of savoir faire.
➡ Soupe du jour : (exp) soup of the day
💡 Execuse me,waiter what is your soupe du jour?
➡ Tete-a-tete : (exp) a private meeting between two people
💡 Alicia and Susan are having a tete-a-tete in conference room.
➡ Tour de force : (exp) a demonstration of strength or ability
💡 Your idea was a real tour de force.
➡ Trompe l’oeil : (exp) that which deceives the eyes
💡 That paiting looks like a photograph.what a trompe l’oeil.
➡ Vis –vis : (exp) in relationship to.face to face
💡 How does this problem compare vis-a-vis our situation of yesterday?
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