Private French Lessons & French Tuition in Paris

Le Blog

french kiss an english expression with the word French

English expressions with the word French

There are dozens of English expressions with the word French… but are these things actually French? Take a look at this list with the French equivalents and the literal translations – you might be surprised.

to french

1. (cooking) to cut into thin strips, to trim fat (unknown translation)
2. (kissing) see French kiss, below

French beanle haricot vert
green bean

French boxingla boxe française

French breadla baguette

French bulldogle bouledogue français

French chop
1. (cuisine) chop with the meat and fat trimmed from the end (unknown translation)
2. (juggling) tomahawk jeté de l’autre côté de la tête

French cleanersle nettoyage à sec
literally, “dry cleaning”

French cuffle poignet mousquetaire
literally, “musketeer’s cuff”

French curtainle rideau à la française

French curvele pistolet
literally, “pistol”

French custard ice creamla glace aux œufs
French diseasela maladie anglaise
literally, “English disease.” An old-fashioned term in both languages to refer to syphilis.

French doorla porte-fenêtre
literally, “window-door”

French dressingla vinaigrette
Only in England does French dressing mean vinaigrette. In the US, French dressing refers to a sweet, tomato-based salad dressing that does not, as far as I know, exist in France.

French flyune braguette à bouton de rappel
hidden button inside fly of men’s pants

French fryla (pomme de terre) frite
literally, “fried potato.” Note that French fries are actually Belgian

French ice cream – see French custard ice cream, above

French kiss
noun: un baiser avec la langue, un baiser profond
verb: embrasser avec la langue

to take French leavefiler à l’anglaise (informal)
literally, “to split/take off the English way”

French letterla capote anglaise (informal)
literally, “English condom”

French maidla femme de chambre
chambermaid

French manicurele French manucure
American-invented style of manicure, with light pink polish on the nail and white polish underneath

French mustardla moutarde douce
literally, “sweet mustard”

French onion soupla soupe à l’oignon
onion soup (topped with cheese and broiled)
French onion soup recipe

French pancakeune crêpe
French polishle vernis au tampon
shellac diluted with alcohol and used to produce a high gloss on wood

French poodleun caniche
literally, “poodle”

French roofun toit à la mansarde
literally, “Mansard roof”

French stickune baguette

French toastle pain perdu
literally, “lost bread”
French toast recipe

French trotterun trotteur français
breed of horse
literally, “window-door”

 

Are you interested by other English expressions with the word French

Speaking French also means speaking the language as a French would do, and even using French idiomatic expressions. If you are looking for tailor-made private French lessons, contact us to organize a private French lesson in Paris with on of our private French tutor.


Leave a comment

Leave a comment