Language Connections: French Words That are the Same in English

There are many French words that are commonly used in English. Some of these words include:

  1. Bon appétit – Used to wish someone a good meal before they eat.
  2. Déjà vu – Refers to the feeling of having already experienced something.
  3. RSVP – An abbreviation for “Répondez s’il vous plaît,” which means “Please respond” in French.
  4. Fiancé/fiancée – Refers to an engaged man (fiancé) or woman (fiancée).
  5. Rendezvous – Typically used in English to refer to a planned meeting or gathering.
  6. Cliché – Describes something that is overused or predictable.
  7. Boutique – Refers to a small shop or specialized store.
  8. Cul-de-sac – Used to refer to a dead-end street.
  9. à la carte – Refers to ordering individual dishes from a menu rather than a set meal.
  10. Château – Used to describe a French castle or large country house.
  11. Champagne – A type of sparkling wine.
  12. Ballet – A type of dance performance.
  13. Baguette – A long, thin loaf of bread.
  14. Cuisine – Refers to a specific style of cooking or food preparation.
  15. Fête – A celebration or party.
  16. Hors d’oeuvre – Small appetizer or snack served before a meal.
  17. Lingerie – Women’s underwear or intimate apparel.
  18. Croissant – A crescent-shaped pastry.
  19. Décor – Refers to the style or arrangement of furnishings and decorations.
  20. Laissez-faire – A policy or approach of non-interference or minimal government involvement.
  21. Blouse – A loose-fitting top or shirt.
  22. Innuendo – An indirect or subtle suggestion or remark.
  23. Faux pas – A social blunder or mistake.
  24. Pâté – A spreadable mixture of finely minced or puréed meat, fish, or vegetables.
  25. Coup de grâce – The final blow that brings about the end or destruction of something.
  26. Sabotage – Deliberate damage or sabotage to hinder or undermine something.
  27. Bon voyage – Used to wish someone a good journey or safe travels.
  28. Éclair – A pastry filled with cream and topped with icing.
  29. Souvenir – A memento or keepsake.
  30. En route – On the way or during the journey.
  31. Parfait – A frozen dessert usually consisting of layers of ice cream, fruit, and sauce.
  32. Bonjour – The French word for “hello” or “good day.”
  33. Denouement – The resolution or final outcome of a story, or the unraveling of a mystery.
  34. Coup d’état – A sudden overthrow of a government by military or political means.
  35. Tête-à-tête – A private conversation or intimate discussion between two people.
  36. Matinée – A daytime performance, typically of theater or cinema.
  37. Coup – A sudden and decisive action, typically in politics or military affairs.
  38. C’est la vie – The phrase translates to “such is life” or “that’s life” in English, expressing acceptance of a situation.
  39. Crème brûlée – A dessert consisting of a creamy custard base topped with a caramelized sugar crust.
  40. Au revoir – The French phrase for “goodbye.”
  41. Provocateur – A person who deliberately incites or provokes others.
  42. Bric-a-brac – Small decorative objects, often of little value, typically displayed for decorative purposes.