name, a proper name
number, a number
place, a place name
foreign, not in french or english
a - the letter a
à - to, at, in, with, for, by, "go to Paris", "open from 9 to 5", "the girl with the limp", "sold by the milligram"
abandonner - to abandon, to desert, "it was neglected", "he talked freely"
abasourdir - to astound, "stunned"
abattre - to knock down, "they felled the tree", demoralize
abbé - a priest, abbot
abîme - a chasm, an abyss
abîmer - to spoil, to become damaged, "she's lost in her thoughts"
abolir - to abolish
abominer - to abominate, "loathsome"
abonder - to abound, "it was plentiful", abundance
abord - easy to approach, at first sight, "it was around here"
abord - first
aborder - to land, to approach, to board (a ship), "a collision"
abri - shelter, safety
abrutir - to stupify, brutalize, "they called him an idiot"
absence - absence, missing, "he went away"
absolu - absolute
accéder - to have access
accabler - to overwhelm, "she heaped insults upon him"
accéder - to have access
accentuer - to accentuate, "it became more pronounced with time"
accepter - to accept, to agree
accident - an accident, "a car crash"
accompagner - to escort, "he was accompanied..."
accomplir - to carry out, to accomplish, "he fulfilled his promise"
accord - agreement, "they reached an accord", "he tuned his guitar"
accouder - to lean on, "an armrest"
accourir - to come running over
accoutumer - to familiarize
accrocher - to catch, to hook on to, "he hung it up", "he was very persistent"
accueillir - to welcome, to receive, "a reception"
accumuler - to accumulate
accumulateur - a battery, "9 volt battery"
acharner - to set upon, to pursue, "he tried desperately...", relentless
acheter - to buy, to shop, "a shopper"
achever - to finish, "upon completion"
acier - steel, "he worked at the steelworks"
acolyte - an associate, "his henchmen"
acte - an act, "a good deed", "to take note of...", "birth certificate"
acteur - an actor
action - an action, "a piece of the action", to activate, "he set it in motion"
activer - to speed up, "she was bustling about", active, "it was to her credit"
addition - addition, "the bill please"
adieu - goodbye, farewell
administrer - to administer, "government bureaucracy"
admirer - to admire, "admirable"
adorer - to worship, adore, love
adresser - to aim at, to direct (towards), "my address is..."
adresse - skill, dexterity
advenir - to occur, to happen, "it came to pass that..."
aventure - an adventure
adversaire - an adversary, "opposing team"
affaiblir - to weaken
affaire - a matter, a concern, some business, an affair
affaisser - to collapse, sink down
affamé - starving, hungry
affecter - to assign (to a post), "he was earmarked for the position", to affect a change
affectionner - to be fond of, attached to, "loving", "an ailment"
affiche - a poster
affirmer - to affirm, "she made an assertion"
affliger - to distress, "the afflicted"
affoler - "he drove me out of my mind", to terrify, "panic"
affreux - hideous, "dreadfully"
affronter - to confront, "face the facts"
afin - "so that", "in order to..."
Afrique - Africa, "an african"
âge - age, "he is old"
agence - an agency
agenda - a diary
agenouiller - to kneel
agent - an agent, "policeman", "real estate agent"
agir - to act, to intercede, "its a question of money"
agiter - to stir up, to shake, agitate, "the sea was rough"
agoniser - to be dying, "death pangs"
agréable - agreeable, "pleasantly surprised"
agrès - (a ship's) rigging, apparatus
agriculture - farming, "a farmer"
ah - "oh no! he exclamed"
ahurir - to astound, bewilder, "he was an idiot"
aider - to assist, "the correct tool helps"
aïeul - a grandparent
aiguë - sharp, pointed, "a needle", "mountain peak", "clock hand"
aile - a wing, a sail, (car) fender, aileron (airplane wing flap)
ailleurs - somewhere else, anyway, moreover
aimer - to like, "in love"
ainsi - "done in this way or that way", "and so on", "so to speak"
air - air, "he is out in the open", "a mysterious air about him"
aise - at ease, comfortable
ajouter - to add, "her addition was wrong"
alacrité - alacrity, eagerly ready
alanguir - to make languid, "languidness"
alcool - alcohol, "he was drinking beer"
alerte - agile, "the old man was still alert"
alerter - to alert, "a warning was given", an alarm, a bell
allaiter - to breast feed
allant - drive, zest, "she had a lot of energy"
allée - an alley, path, "alot of running about"
alléger - to alleviate
allègre - lively, cheerful, "it was done with gladness and rejoicing"
Allemagne - Germany
aller - to go
aller - the outward journey in 'there and back again'
allier - to combine, "they became allies"
allonger - to stretch, lengthen, "elongated"
allumer - to light, "he flipped the light switch", "light a fire"
alors - then, when, "ah yes, so?"
alouette - a skylark
alourdir - to weigh down, to become heavier, "heavy"
altérer - to distort, to falsify, "to make thirsty", "a change"
alternative - an alternative
amant - a lover
ambassadeur - an ambassador
ambition - ambition, "aspirations"
ambulance - an ambulance
âme - soul, "body and soul"
amender - to improve
amener - to bring, "he turned up at the meeting", to cause, "she brought it to realization"
amer - bitter, "bitterly opposed to the idea"
Amérique - America
ami - a friend, "boy friend", "she's a nature lover"
amical - friendly, "he spoke in a friendly manner"
amitié - a friendship
amour - love, romance
amoureux - a lover
amuser - to entertain, amuse, "he was enjoying himself"
an - a year
analyser - to analyse, "an analysis", analytical
ancêtre - an ancestor
ancien - old
ancre - an anchor, "to fix (in place)", to anchor
ange - an angel, "in seventh heaven"
anglais - English
angoisse - anguish, "it was distressing"
animaux - an animal, "a brute"
animer - to animate, "a lively discussion", "driving force", "the master of ceremonies"
anneau - a ring, a chain link
annonce - an announcement, an advertisement, "he reported the news"
antichambre - an entrance room
antique - ancient, "antiquity"
anxiété - anxiety, "he was quite the worrier"
apaiser - to appease, calm down, "he spoke reassuringly"
apercevoir - to perceive, "he had a good over view of the situation"
apparaître - to appear, to resemble, "an apparition", "a ghost"
appartement - an apartment
appartenir - to belong, "membership", "master of her own fate", "the responsibility is yours"
appeler - to call, "I call myself Susan", to cry out, "he called for help"
applaudir - to clap, "the applause was deafening"
application - an application, a use, "it was put into practise"
apporter - to bring
apprécier - to appraise, to appreciate
appréhender - to fear, "he was filled with apprehension"
apprendre - to learn
apprêter - to prepare
approcher - to approach, "he pulled his chair closer"
appuyer - to support, "he leaned back on the head rest"
après - after
aquarium - aquarium, "he put his new fish in the fish tank"
araignée - a spider
arbre - a tree, a shrub
ardeur - heat, ardour, "with great fervour"
argent - silver, money, cash, "it shone like silver"
argenterie - silverware
aristocrate - an aristocrat
armer - to arm, "he cocked his pistol", "he joined the army", firearms
aromatique - aromatic, "an aroma"
aromate - any type of spice
arracher - to tear out, to tear up, "he snatched it away"
arranger - to fix up, to settle, to be put right, "an arrangement", "accomodating"
arrêter - to stop, to arrest
arrêté - "a fixed opinion", "the decision is final", "a government decree was issued"
arrière - backwards, behind, back
arriver - to arrive
arrondir - to round off
arroser - to wash down, to water, "watering can", "it was big booze up", "a celebration"
art - art, "the art of ..."
artère - an artery (of the body), a main road
articuler - to speak clearly, "she articulates her words badly", to enumerate
articuler - to link together, "jointed", "knuckles"
artillerie - artillery, "he was a gunner in the army"
asphalte - asphalt
aspirer - to breathe, to suck in, inhale, to aspire
assaillir - to attack, "the assailant assaulted her"
assassiner - to murder
assaut - an onslaught, "the fort was taken by storm"
assembler - to gather (together)
asseoir - to sit
assez - enough, "enough to eat", "I'm quite tired"
assiette - to be properly seated in place, "he felt a bit off colour", a plate (of food), "cold cuts", real-estate, "tax base"
assise - a foundation, "the corner stone of civilization", "the congress of the U.S.A."
assister - to help, "child care"
assister - to be present at an event, "he was a witness", "the audience"
assoupi - drowsy, "he dozed off", to dull
assurance - (self) assurance, "life insurance"
assurer - to ensure, "he carried out his duties", "fasten securely"
aster - an aster, (a flower)
astre - a star
astucieux - clever, "to have a knack for something", a gadget, a wisecrack
atome - an atom, "atomic"
atroce - atrocious, "heinous crime"
attacher - to tie up, fasten, "it had great sentimental value", "to apply oneself", engaging, "an attachment"
attaché - an attaché, diplomat's assistant
attaquer - to attack, to tackle, "he was in top form"
attarder - to loiter, to linger, to fall behind, "she was a slow learner"
atteindre - to attain, to wound, "he reached his goal", "she was suffering from gout"
attendre - to wait for, to expect
attendrir - to soften up, "she was moved with emotion", "he tenderized the steak", "she felt pity"
attentif - attentive, careful
attention - attention, "under consideration"
atterrer - to dismay
attester - to attest, "a declaration"
attirer - to attract, "he was drawn to her", "he took it upon himself"
attraper - to catch, to pick up, to be tricked, "she was told off"
attribuer - to attribute, to allot
attrouper - to gather (together), "a crowd"
aube - the dawn, "at the crack of dawn"
auberge - an inn, "a youth hostel"
aucun - any, anyone, (often negated), "she does not have any talent", "without anyone there", "I mind not at all", some, "some people"
audace - boldness, audacity, "It was a daring move"
au-devant - to anticipate, "arrive before anyone else", "go and meet them", "courting danger"
augmenter - to increase
augurer - to predict, "a bad omen"
aujourd'hui - today
auprès - close, near by
aurore - the dawn, daybreak
aussi - also
aussitôt - immediately, "As soon as we're ready"
austère - austere, "her stern looks", "very simple lifestyle"
autant - as much (as), as many (as), "so much", so many, "the same"
authentique - genuine
automate - an automaton
automatique - automatic
automne - the autumn, "between summer and winter"
automobiliste - a motorist
autonome - autonomous (region)
autorité - authority
autour - around
autre - other, another
autrefois - in the past
avancer - to advance, "in advance of...", "he was early"
avant - before, "before it happened...", "the night before"
avantager - to favour, "an advantage", a benefit, "attractive"
avant-garde - avant-garde, "it was a boldly experimental film"
avarie - damage
avec - with
avenir - in the future, "good things to come"
aventurer - to venture, "he took great risks", "they had an affair", an adventure
avenue - an avenue, street
aveugle - blind
avide - greedy, eager
avilir - to debase
avis - an opinion, "it was good advice"
aviser - to advise, to notice, "she was prudent"
avoir - to have
avouer - to confess, to admit
axiome - an axiom
azur - a colour, "sky blue", azur
bâbord - the port side of a boat (the left)
bagage - luggage, "her handbag", knowledge
bagarre - a brawl, "to fight", to quarrel
baigner - to bath, "the waves washed ashore", "in the bath tub"
bâiller - to yawn, to gape
baïonnette - a bayonet
baiser - to kiss on the cheek or forehead
baisser - to lower, "it dropped down the sink", "turn down that noise!", "stooped over"
bal - a dance, a ball
balai - a broom
balance - (weigh) scales
balancer - to sway, to swing, "he balanced his accounts", "the pendulum moved to and fro"
balayer - to sweep, "the storm swept over"
balbutier - to stammer
baleine - a whale (an animal), whale bone, "he was a whaler"
balle - a ball, "golf ball", "cannon ball", a bullet
banal - trite, commonplace
banc - a bench, "church pew", sandbank
bancaire - a bank, "bank robber"
banderole - a pennant
bandoulière - a shoulder strap, "he slung it over his shoulder"
banlieue - the suburbs, "commuter train"
bannière - a banner, "flag"
banquet - a banquet
banquette - a bench
banquier - a banker
baptême - baptism, "first...", "the child was christened"
bar - a bar, a lounge
barbe - a beard, "the man shaved"
bardé - to be covered with something
barioler - to splash with bright colours, "gaudy"
baron - a baron
barque - a boat
barrette - a barrette, "the barrette looked pretty in her hair"
barricader - to barricade
barrière - a gate, fence, barrier
barrique - a (big) barrel
bas - base, mean, least, lower, "that was a low down thing to do."
basque - skirts
bassesse - a mean act, baseness, "meanly"
bassin - a pond, bowl, basin
batailler - to battle, "he went to fight", an army battalion
bateaux - boat, ship
bâtiment - a building, a naval vessel, "they were building quite an ediface"
bâton - a stick, baton, "lipstick", "obstacles", "he rambled on and on", "they beat him"
batterie - a collection of military hardware, "the drums", "kitchen utensils"
battre - to beat, to thresh, to shuffle, "he scoured the pan"
béant - yawning, "it was a gaping hole"
beau - beautiful, attractive, handsome, good looking, "beauty parlour"
beaucoup - a lot, a great deal of something
bec - a beak, a bird's bill, spout
bec-de-cane - door handle
bedaine - potbelly
bedeau - a minor (church) official
bégayer - to stammer
bêler - to bleat
bénir - to bless, "sprinkle the holy water"
béquille - a crutch
berceau - a cradle, crib
bercer - to cradle, to rock, "sing a lullaby"
bercer - to delude oneself, to delude
berge - a raised bank (of a river)
berger - a shepherd, sheep dog, german shepherd
besogne - work, a job
besoin - need, "the needy", "if necessary"
bête - an animal, bug, creature
bête - stupidity, "silly", "a mere trifle"
beugler - "he bellowed at the top of his lungs"
bibelot - a trinket
bible - the bible, "in biblical times"
bibliothèque - a library, a bookcase, a newsstand
bien - well, "he plays violin well"
bientôt - soon, nearly
beinveillant - kindly
bienvenu - welcome
bière - beer, "would you prefer wine or beer?"
bijou - a jewel, "a jeweller"
billet - a ticket, bill "restaurant bill", a bank note, "dollar bill"
billot - a block
bique - a nanny goat
bis - a colour, grey-brown
bivouac - a bivouac, a camp
bizarre - peculiar, "it was very odd"
blanc - white, blank, plain, pure, "she had an expressionless voice"
blé - wheat, bread
blesser - to hurt, to injure, to wound, "she offended him"
bleu - the colour blue, "beaten black and blue", "rare steak"
bloc - a block, a unit, a group
blocus - a blockade
blonde - a light hair colour, blond
bloquer - to block, to jam into place
blottir - to crouch, to snuggle, to huddle
bohémien - a gipsy, "she was a bohemian"
boire - to drink, "a rag will soak up the spill"
bois - wood, timber, "woodwind musical instrument"
boisson - a drink, a beverage
boîte - a box, a tin can, "he was boxed in", nightclub
bol - a bowl, "put it in the bowl"
bon - nice, good, charitable
bonbons - candy
bondir - to leap up, to jump, "he hopped for joy"
bonheur - luck, "some good luck"
bonjour - "hello"
bonne - a maid, nanny
bonnetier - a sock maker, "her stockings", socks
bonsoir - "good evening", "good bye"
bonté - a kindness
bord - an edge, a side, "the river bank", "the border", to be on board (ship)
borner - to confine, "a boundry marker", "to go too far", "narrow-minded"
botte - a boot, "rubber boots", "booted off the team", the selling of boots, "just a handfull", "top of the class"
bouche - the mouth
boucher - to block up, "he put the stopper back on the bottle"
boucherie - a butcher's shop
boue - mud, "garbage man"
bouffée - a puff, "a whiff of perfume"
bouger - to move, stir, "she shrank back in horror"
bougie - a candle, a spark plug
bouillie - porridge
boulanger - a baker, "bakery"
boule - a ball, sphere, snowball, bowl, a persons head
boulet - a cannon ball, ball and chain
bouleverser - to upset, to turn upside down, to disrupt, "it was very distressing"
bouquet - a bouquet (of flowers), clump (of trees), "the last straw!"
bourdonner - to hum, "bumble bee"
bourg - a market town
bourgeois - middle class
bourreau - child batterer, executioner, "workaholic"
bourrer - to cram full, to get oneself plastered, "brainwashed"
bourru - surly
bourse - a purse, a grant
Bourse - the stock exchange
bousculer - to jostle, "He was pushed in the crowd which rushed by"
bout - an end, the tip of..., "on the end of his finger", "at the bottom of the garden", "a week later", "after a little while", a little bit of..., "a piece of string"
bouteille - a bottle, cylinder
boutique - a shop, "shopkeeper"
bouton - a button, pimple, spot
bowling - bowling, "they went bowling at the bowling alley"
bracelet - a bracelet
brailler - to fight, "a brawl"
branche - a branch, "What branch of science studies the branch of a tree?", "a fallen branch"
braquer - to turn, to aim, to point, "steer the car", "they turned on each other"
bras - an arm, "walking arm in arm"
brasser - to brew, to mix, "he worked at the beer brewery."
braver - to defy, "He was a brave man."
brebis - an ewe (female sheep), "a black sheep"
bredouille - "he returned empty handed"
bredouiller - to mumble
bref - brief
Bretagne - Brittany (north west France), person from Bretagne
brillant - shining, shiny, "it was a bright light"
briquet - a cigarette lighter, a light, flame
brisant - a reef, "they sailed past the breakwater"
brise - a breeze, wind
briser - to break, shatter, "she's exhausted", explode
britannique - British
broder - to embroider
bronze - the metal bronze
bronzer - to sun tan, "sun burn"
brosser - to brush, "paint brush", a very short hair cut
brousse - bush, "start the fire with brushwood"
broyer - to crush
bruit - a noise, sound, "he heard a rumour"
brûler - to burn, to consume, "without stopping", "red hot"
brume - a haze, mist
brun - the colour brown, "she's a brunette"
brusque - abrupt, blunt, sudden
brute - a brute, "to brutalize", savage
bruyant - noisy
buée - condensation, mist
buisson - bush
bureau - a desk, an office, a shop, "a bureaucrat"
buste - the bust, "a brassiere"
ça - that, it
cabinet - an office, "his medical practice"
cachemire - cashmere (a soft goats' wool)
cacher - to conceal, "He cached it away", a hiding place
cacheter - to seal, "a postmark", a fee
cadavre - a corpse, a dead body, "rigor mortis set in"
cadran - a (telephone) dial, (watch) face, sundial, "he slept around the clock"
cadre - a box, "the scope of the investigation"
cadre - a manager, an officer
café - coffee
cage - a cage, the goal area, a stair well
cahier - a note book
caillou - stone, "gravel road", pebble, stony
caisse - a case, box, cash desk, "the supermarket checkout counter"
caisson - a land mine, an ammunition chest
calcul - a calculation, "he reckoned it would take one day"
cale - a wedge
cale - a ship's hold, a dry dock
calèche - a four wheeled carriage (a barouche)
calme - calm, quiet, "keep quiet!", "she soothed him down", "cool his ardor"
calomnier - to slander or libel
calorifère - a stove
camarade - a friend, comrade
camper - to camp, "a camp fire"
campagne - the country, "he went to the countryside", a military campaign
camphre - camphor (used to make moth balls), "to saturate with camphor"
camus - snub nosed
canapé - a sofa
canapé - a cracker
canne - a cane, (walking) stick, reeds, "fishing rod"
canon - a cannon, a big gun, "he was a gunner"
cantine - a canteen
cantique - a hymn, canticle
capable - able, "she had the capacity for work"
cape - a cloak
capitaine - a captain
capital - major, fundamental, "deadly force", "capital city", "capital letter (A,B,C etc)", "money"
capitonner - to upholster, "padding"
caprice - a whim, "capricious"
captif - a captive, "they had a captive audience", to fascinate
car - because
carabine - a rifle
caractère - "alphabetical character", "small print"
caractériser - to characterize, "he was good natured"
caresse - to caress, to stroke, pat fondle, "she gave him a caress"
carguer - to furl
carillon - chimes, "the bells pealed"
carnage - a massacre
carnet - a book of tickets, a note book, school report card
carré - square, "a square patch of ground", fair dealing, "a square deal"
carrer - to settle in
carte - a card, ticket, map, menu
cartouch - a carton, a cartridge, a cassette
cartouchière - a cartridge belt
cas - an event, a situation, "in that case", "if need be"
caser - to park, to find a place, to settle down
caserne - (military) barracks, "fire station"
casque - a helmet, headphones, cap
casser - to break, "the marriage was annulled", "the thief was charged with break and enter", breakage, trouble, "scraps", "its worth very little"
casserole - a saucepan
caste - a caste, "the middle class"
catéchisme - a catechism (a religious manual)
catégorie - a category
cauchemar - a nightmare
cause - a cause, "because of", "that is the reason"
causer - to cause, "he made it happen"
causer - to chat, to discuss, to blabber on
ce - it, that, what, "It is a dog", "that is true", "what he said was..."
ce - this, that, these, those, "this man or that man?"
ceci - this
céder - to cede, to yield
ceinture - a belt, girdle, "his waist", "circle", "seat belt"
ceinturer - to tackle (around the waist), "they surrounded the village"
cela - it, that, "its a good thing"
céleste - celestial, "the planet Mars is a celestial body"
celui - the one, those ones, "these ones are mine"
cendre - ash, cinders, "an ashtry"
censé - supposed, "you're meant to know that", in principal, supposedly
cent - a hundred, 100, "about one hundred"
centime - a coin, similar to a penny
centre - center, "the center of the room", the town center
centraliser - to centralize
central - a telephone exchange
centrale - a power station
cependant - however, yet
cercle - a circle
cercueil - a coffin
cérémonie - a ceremony, "a lot of pomp"
certain - sure, "he's certain to succeed"
certain - some, "a certain number of people"
certitude - certainty, "he's certain he will succeed"
cerveau - the brain, mind, head
cervelle - brain
cesser - to stop, to cease
chagrin - sorrow, "to upset"
chai - a wine and spirit store (house)
chaîne - shackles, a chain
chaîne - a range of things, "assembly line", "mountain range", "stereo music components", "a TV network"
chair - flesh, "The chicken was plump"
chaise - a chair, seat
chaleur - heat, "warmly affectionate"
chaloupe - a launch
chamarré - richly colored, "She was bedecked with jewels"
chambellan - a chamberlain, "town treasurer"
chambre - a bedroom, room, chamber
champ - a field, "down at the racetracks"
champêtre - rural, "rustic little house"
Champs-Élysées - famous street in Paris
champagne - champagne (a bubbly wine)
chance - luck, "there's good luck and bad luck"
chandelle - a candle, "he saw stars"
changer - to change, "they exchanged dollars for Francs"
chanson - a song, (christmass) carol, "to sing", to chant
chapeau - a hat, "Well done!"
chapelet - rosary (beads), "a string of..."
chaque - each, every, "each book has a title"
char - a chariot, "a float in a parade", "an oxcart", (military) tank, a car
charbon - coal, "coalmine", "coal merchant"
Charente - an area in south-west France
charger - to load, to pick up, "it was a big load"
chariot - a wagon
charité - charity, "give to the needy"
charmer - to charm, "I'm delighted you're here", "a magic spell"
charnel - carnal, "carnal lust"
charnu - thick, fleshy
charrier - to carry along, "washed down the river", a cart, "he took it away in his cart"
chasser - to hunt, to chase
chaste - pure
chat - a cat, "the cat purred", "he had a frog in his throat"
château - a castle, palace, stately home
chaud - hot, warm, "weep bitterly"
chauffer - to heat up, "he warmed himself up"
chaufeur - a stoker, (person who feeds fuel to a furnace)
chaufeur - a driver
chaussée - a road way
chaussette - a sock, "put on your socks and shoes"
chef - a chief, "head of the department", "done on one's own authority"
chemin - a road, path, "that's the way to go"
cheminer - to proceed, "they trudged along"
cheminée - a chimney, funnel, fireplace
chemise - a shirt, a folder
chêne - oak
cher - dear, expensive
chercher - to look for, to search, to seek
chérir - to cherish, "my darling"
cheval - a horse, "big excitement", "merry-go-round"
cheveux - hair, a head of hair
cheville - an ankle, "the ankle bone's connected to the leg bone"
chèvre - a goat
chèvrefeuille - a flower, honeysuckle
chez - at somebodys house, "I'm going home", "he's at the butcher's"
chic - stylish, "she's looks very smart in that dress"
chien - a dog, "raining cats and dogs"
chiffon - a rag
chirurgien - a surgeon, "surgical procedure"
choix - a choice, "take your pick, there's a large selection"
chose - a thing, a state of affairs, "thats the way it is"
chou - a cabbage, brussel sprouts, cream puff
chouette - an owl
Christ - Christ, "Christian"
chronomètre - a stopwatch, "to be timed (as by a stopwatch)"
chuchoter - to whisper
ci - so? "its neither here nor there"
cidre - cider
ciel - the sky, open air, "good heavens, really?"
cigare - a cigar, "cigarette"
cimetière - a graveyard
cinq - five, 5, "5th"
cinquante - fifty, 50, "about fifty"
circonstance - a circumstance, "wear appropriate clothes", detailed
cirer - to polish, "wax", "waxy", oil skins, shoe polish
citer - to cite, "quotation", "a summons for jury duty"
civil - "civil war", "non-religious marriage", "a civilian"
civiliser - to civilize, "civilization"
clair - clear, light, pale, thin
claire-voie - a lattice, louvre
clamer - to cry out, "there was an outcry", "they clamoured for change"
clarté - clarity, light
classe - a class, "go to school", "he's in the working class", "he's got class"
clavier - a keyboard, piano
clef - a key, wrench, "the keystone in the arch", "she had a key position"
climat - the climate, an air-conditioner
cloche - a bell, "cheese cover", bell tower, church steeple, "parochial"
cloche - an idiot, "to be wrong"
clore - to close, "enclosed"
clouer - to nail, "confined to bed", a nail, "studded"
cocher - to tick (off), "she marks the attendance record each day"
cocher - a coachman
cochère - a main gateway
coeur - the heart, "in the very heart of the city"
coffre - a chest, a car trunk, a baggage compartment, a (bank) safe
coffret - a casket, a (jewellery) box
cognac - cognac (a type of brandy)
coiffer - to cap, to wear (a hat), to be the head of something, "he was in charge"
coiffeur - a barber, a hair dresser
coiffure - a hat, a hairstyle
coin - a corner, a spot, wedge, patch
colère - anger, "he lost his temper"
colle - glue, paste, "trick question", detention
collectionner - to collect, "he has a stamp collection"
collègue - someone's colleague
coller - to stick, to glue, "to flunk"
collet - a snare, "by the scruff of the neck", "prim and proper"
collier - a necklace
colonel - a colonel, "She was the first women colonel in the force"
colonne - a column, the spine
colorer - to colour, "ruddy complexion", "shades of meaning"
colosse - giant
combattre - to fight, "though young, he was sent into combat"
combien - how much, how far, how many, "how silly"
combiner - to combine, to put together a plan, "a combination", a scheme
combiné - a telephone receiver
combinaison - any one piece suit, "a ski outfit", a women's slip
comédien - an actor
commander - to command, to control, "that's an order!"
comme - as, like, really!, "wow!", "you see it was like this officer..."
commencer - to begin, to start something
comment - how, "how do you know that"
commenter - to comment, to give a commentary, "a remark"
commerce - trade, commerce, a shop, a bussiness
commis - an assistant, a clerical worker
commissaire - a chief, "shop steward", "police superintendent", "auditor"
commission - a message, "paid by commission", "run an errand", a task, "shopping"
commun - communal, shared, "municipal property", "mutual friend"
communiquer - to communicate, "spread the news", "infectious"
compagne - a friend, "his companion was late"
comparer - to compare, "The comparison was unfair"
compartiment - a compartment, to divide up
compétent - competent
complaisance - kindness, "complacency", self-indulgence
complet - complete, full
compliment - a compliment, congratulations
compliquer - to complicate
comporter - to involve, to contain, "it was comprised of..."
composer - to make, to compose, "he dialled the number"
comprendre - to understand, comprehend
compromettre - to compromise
comptant - cash
compte - the count of something, "is the lock combination the right number?", "a tachometre"
comptoir - a counter, bar, desk
comptoir - a branch office, an agency
comte - a nobleman, "the Earl of York"
concentrer - to concentrate a substance, "condensed"
concentrer - to concentrate one's thoughts, to focus one's attention
concevoir - to conceive (of an idea), to understand, "worded like this", "well thought out"
concevoir - to conceive a child
concierge - the manager of a hotel or apartment, "janitor"
conclure - to finish, to deduce, to conclude
concour - a competition, a show, "participation", "a concourse"
condition - a proviso, a condition, "unconditionaly"
conditionner - to package, to prepare, "air conditioner"
conducteur - a driver
conduire - to lead, to drive
cône - a cone
confidence - a secret, "confidential"
confier - to confide, to entrust (with)
confiture - jam
confondre - to confound, to mix up, "they merged together"
confort - comfort, "comfortable"
confus - confused
congé - a leave of absence, a notice of dismissal, "payed holidays", to dismiss
connaître - to know, "he had success", "they had met before"
conquérir - to conquer, "a conquest"
conscrit - a conscript, "conscription into the army"
conseil - a council
conseiller - to advise, "good advice", a consultant
consentir - to consent to, to grant (the rights to)
conséquent - logical, important, "of great consequence", a conclusion
conserver - to keep, "the keeper of the books", "will the meat keep?"
considérer - to consider, to respect, "considerable", consideration
consigne - an order, instructions, to consigne, "baggage office", on consignment
consoler - to comfort, "consolation"
consommer - to consume
consommé - a clear soup
constant - constant
constater - to observe, to establish as fact
constituer - to make up, "one of its constituent parts..."
consulter - to consult
contact - a contact, in touch, a car's ignition, "they were in touch", to make contact
contempler - to contemplate, "he gazed around"
contenir - to contain, to contain oneself
content - pleased, happy, glad, "to satisfy"
conter - to tell
contester - to dispute, to protest
continu - continuous, unceasing
continuer - to continue, to carry on
contracter - to contract, "he tensed his muscles"
contraindre - to compell, "constrained", a compulsion
contraire - opposite, "contrary to popular opinion..."
contrarier - to thwart, "perverse", an annoyance
contraster - to contrast
contre - against, in exchange for
contrée - a region
contremaître - a foreman
contrevent - a shutter, "At night they closed the window shutters."
contribuer - to contribute, "a taxpayer"
contrôle - an inspection, "it passed the quality control check"
convaincre - to convince, to prove guilty
convenir - to be suitable, "they agreed on it", to admit, to be advisable to..., "decent"
converser - to converse
convulsion - a convulsion
copier - to copy
copyright - copyright, "the author owns the copyright to the book"
coquet - pretty, flirtatious, tidy
coquille - a sea shell, a typo
coquin - a rascal, "mischievous"
corbeau - a type of bird, the crow
corbeille - a basket, "waste bin"
corde - rope, "a violin is a stringed instrument"
cordon - string, cord, "the bell pull", "they cordonned off the area"
cornet - an instrument like a trumpet, an icecream cone, a cone
corps - a body, "It was a large body of people"
correct - correct, adequate, "to proofread"
correspondre - to correspond, "they communicated by letter", "connected by rail"
Corse - Corsica, an island off Italy
corser - to intensify, to get lively, "full bodied wine", "the plot thickens"
corvée - a chore, "military duty", "it was sheer drudgery"
corvette - a corvette (a small warship)
costumer - to dress a person up, "a costume", a fancy dress ball
côte - (m) the coast, a side, a hill (side), "walk side by side", "a side of beef", ribs, "he split his sides laughing"
côté - (f) beside, "wounded in the side", "next to each other", "the other side of the argument", "go the other way"
coter - to quote, "a quote", "to be highly regarded"
cou - the neck, "he has had it up to here"
coucher - to put to bed, "he lay down to sleep"
coucou - a type of bird, the cuckoo, "cuckoo clock"
couler - to flow, "it slipped by", "an easy going kind of guy"
couler - to sink, "she was discredited"
couleur - a colour, paint
coulissant - sliding
coup - a blow, a knock, "he hit him", "suddenly", "all at once", an event of notice
coupable - guilty, sinful
couper - to cut, "Please get a hair cut"
coupler - to connect, "they were joined in marriage", "a couple", a pair
couplet - a verse, "the song had 3 verses"
cour - a courtyard, playground
cour - a legal court (room), the royal court
cour - courtship
courage - courage, "don't lose heart"
courant - common, "it was a frequent event"
courber - to bend, "a curve in the road"
courir - to run, to rush, to race
couronne - a crown, wreath, "a prize"
couronner - to award a prize, "he was crowned"
cours - a course, to be on course, in progress, to be current, a price
cours - an educational course, a school
court - short, "not very much"
court - a court, "where shall we play tennis?"
courtisan - a courtier
courtois - courteous
cousin - a cousin
cousin - a gnat (an insect)
coûter - to cost, "how much will it cost"
couteau - a knife
coutume - a custom, "grow accustomed"
couvent - a convent, monastery, convent school
couvrir - to cover, "he covered it up"
craindre - to be afraid of
cramponner - to cling, to hold on
crâne - a skull, "head", "brain"
crapaud - a toad
crasse - ill mannered, ignorant
crasseux - filthy
cravache - a horsewhip
crayon - a pencil, "the child's crayon is blue"
créature - a creature
crèche - a crib, day care, "away in a manger..."
crècher - to sleep somewhere, "where shall we crash?"
créer - to create, "creation", "creativity"
crêpe - a thin pancake, crepe paper
crépuscule - twilight, dusk
cresson - water cress, cress
crête - the crest, "top of the hill", "bird's plume"
creuser - to hollow out, to become hollow, "dig a hole", "rack your brains", "in the pit of his stomach"
crever - to burst, puncture
crier - to cry, to shout, "a scream"
crime - a crime, a murder, "criminal"
crise - a crises, an attack
crisper - to tense, "it was a tense situation", "he clenched his fist"
crisser - to screech
critiquer - to criticize, "he reviewed the play"
crocheteur - a picklock, a theif
croire - to believe, "I thought I saw it land there"
croiser - to cross, to fold, to pass over, to meet
croissant - cresent, cresent-shaped, croissant (pastry roll)
croisière - a cruise
croix - a cross
crossé - to lay down arms, to surrender
crosse - a stick, bishops staff, gun butt
crouler - to crumble, "he tottered and fell"
croupe - a rump, a horses rearend
croyant - a believer, a belief, to be believable
cruche - a jug
cruel - cruel
cuir - leather
cuirasse - a breastplate
cuisine - the kitchen, cookery, cooking
cuisse - the thigh, "chicken leg"
cuite - to get drunk
cul - the bottom, the end, "he had his backside spanked"
culbute - a sommersault, "he took a tumble"
culot - nerve, cheek, "that was very cheeky"
culotte - a (pair of) shorts, knickers, "she wasn't wearing any panties"
curé - a priest
curieux - curious, "he was quite inquisitive"
cyprès - a cypress tree
dais - a canopy
dalle - a grave stone, paving stone
dame - a lady, a married lady, queen, "she was crowned"
damier - a board for playing checkers
damner - to damn, "he drove her mad"
Danemark - Denmark
danger - a danger, "he was in jeopardy"
dans - in, "here in the room"
danse - a dance, "dancing"
date - a date (eg. Jan 5), "a long standing relationship", "date the letter before sealing"
de - of, from, by, with
de - some
dé - a dice, a thimble
déambuler - to stroll, saunter
débarrasser - to get rid of
débauche - a profusion, debauchery
débit - a rate of flow, the turnover of stock, "a tobacco shop"
débiter - to slice up, to sell, to spout forth, "a debtor", in debt
déblayer - to clear, "they readied a place for their tent"
déborder - to overflow, "the soup boiled over", "beyond the edge"
déboucher - to open, to unblock, to emerge, "an exit"
debout - standing up, upright
déboutonner - to unbutton, "she undid her brassiere"
débris - some stuff, some debris
début - the start, "to begin", "he was a novice"
décacheter - to open
décapiter - to behead
décéder - to die, "he's deceased"
déceler - to reveal
décembre - the month December
décharger - to discharge, to unload
déchirer - to tear, "he ripped up her note", "it was an earsplitting noise"
décider - to decide, to persuade, "it's all settled then"
décision - a decision, "decisive", "at a crucial moment"
déclarer - to declare, "we were notified"
déclasser - to downgrade, to disrupt the order
déclenchare - to trigger, to release
décor - the scenery, the countryside, an ambiance, "he drove of the road"
décorer - to decorate
découvert - exposed, bare, unprotected, "bank account overdraft"
découvrir - to discover, to uncover, to expose, "a discovery"
décupler - to increase tenfold
dédaigner - to scorn, "disdain"
dedans - inside
défaillir - to faint, to fail
défaire - to undo, to mess up, "it came untied", "your bed's still unmade", defeat
défaut - a fault, a defect, "to be lacking"
défendre - to defend, "he was protecting himself"
défence - defense, "it is not allowed", "put on the defensive"
défi - a challenge, "I dare you to do it"
définitif - final, definitive, "permamently"
défunt - deceased
dégager - to release, to redeem, to clear (off), "he disclaimed responsibility", "easy going", "loose fitting clothes"
dégingandé - lanky, gangling
dégivrer - to defrost
dégourdir - to smarten up, to wise up, to take the numbness out of, "she got up to stretch her legs"
déguster - to taste, to savour, "a sampling"
déguster - to have a hard time
dehors - out, outside, "out of doors", "except for this one thing"
déjà - already, "did he leave yet?", "not bad at all!"
déjeuner - to have lunch or breakfast, "lunch", breakfast
délasser - to relax
délibérer - to confer, "they deliberated at length", intentionally
délicat - delicate, tricky, "one must be tactful"
délicieux - delicious, delightful
délier - to untie, to come undone, "he had a loose tongue"
demain - tomorrow
demander - to request, "he applied for the job"
démener - to exert oneself, to spare no effort
démente - insane, a lunatic, "too fantastic to believe", madness, "sheer lunacy"
démesure - an excess, "an inordinate quantity"
demeure - a dwelling, a residence, "to remain somewhere"
demi - half
demoiselle - a young lady, a single woman, bridesmaid
démolir - to demolish
dénoncer - to denounce, to inform upon, "he gave himself up"
dénouer - to unravel, to untie, "it came undone"
dent - a tooth, a cog, a perforation
dentiste - a dentist, "false teeth"
dentelle - lace
dépasser - to pass, "it exceeded expectations", "passed out of style", "helpless"
dépêcher - to dispatch, to hurry up, "send a telegram"
dépendre - to depend upon, "depending on what happens", "he answers to his boss"
dépendre - to take down
dépendance - outbuildings
dépenser - to use, to exert oneself, "an expense", consumption
dépiter - to vex, to feel chagrin, "she had a lot of resentment"
déplaire - to displease, "she dislikes her food"
dépliant - a leaflet, "he read the pamphlet"
déployer - to unfold, "she displayed her wares", "deploy the troops"
déposer - to put down, to dump, to introduce, to despose, "they settled down"
déposition - a statement
dépourvu - to be devoid (of), to be unaware (of)
depuis - since, from, for
déranger - to mess up, to bother, to cause oneself bother, "an inconvenience", "to be out of order"
dernier - last, lowest, final
derrière - behind, in the rear, "his hind paws"
dès - from, "as early as yesterday..."
désastre - a disaster
descendre - to come down, to go down, to get off, "the patients temperature was falling"
désert - deserted, "the soldier was shot for being a deserter", "deserted island", wilderness
désespérer - to despair, "it was his last resort"
déshabiller - to undress
déshonnête - immodest
désigner - to designate, to point out
désir - a wish, want, desire
désobéir - to disobey
désoeuvrement - idleness, "unoccupied"
désoler - to distress, "it upset him", "a desolate region"
désordre - a muddle, "untidy"
despotique - despotic, "a tyrant"
dessécher - to dry up, "it withered away"
dessein - an aim, design, intention
dessert - a dessert, "she ate her dessert"
dessiner - to sketch, to design, to outline, "it showed off her figure"
dessous - underneath, below
dessus - over top of, on top
destiner - to intend, "it was supposed to mean...", "he is destined for glory", destination, fate
détacher - to undo, detach, "he was quite detached from reality"
dêtachement - a detachment
détail - the details, "give me a break down of the cost"
détailler - to sell small quantities, "a retailer"
détaler - to run away
détendre - to relax, "he slacked off"
déterminer - to determine, to cause to happen, "he resolved to do it", "the deciding factor"
détester - to detest, to hate
détonation - an explosion, "he tripped the detonator"
détresse - in distress
détruire - to ruin, destroy, wreck
dette - a debt
deuil - in mourning, bereavement
deux - two, 2
deuxième - second, secondly
devancer - to get ahead of something, "he anticipated her moves", predecessor
devant - in front of, ahead, the front, to anticipate, to take initiative
devanture - a store front, shop window
devenir - to become, "it grew into a pretty flower"
dévêtir - to undress
dévier - to divert, to deflect, "he deviated from his course"
deviner - to guess, "I saw through the lies", "a riddle"
dévisager - to stare (at)
deviser - to converse (about)
devoir - must, should, have to, ought
devoir - a duty, an obligation, 'homework', "to owe (money)", in the 'proper' or 'correct' manner
dévouer - to be dedicated
diable - the devil, "anyhow"
diamant - a diamond
diane - a drum roll or bugle call used to awaken soldiers
dictateur - a dictator, "dictatorial"
dicter - to dictate, "dictation"
dieu - god, God, "oh god!", "oh dear!"
différent - different, various, unlike
difficulté - a difficulty, "it was hard to do", "a fussy person"
digne - to be worthy (of), "dignity"
dilater - to dilate, to expand
dimanche - Sunday
diminuer - to decrease, "a reduction", "nickname"
din-don - ding dong, "the bells chime ding dong"
dîner - to have dinner, "he ate lunch already"
diplomate - a diplomat
dire - to say, "she spoke to us"
directeur - a manager, an editor, "the school principal"
direction - management, leadership, "what direction are they taking us?"
diriger - to direct, to manage, to steer, "he turned towards us", "the manager", "a ruling was made"
discipline - discipline, "to discipline"
discours - conversation, "to ramble on"
discret - discreet, "he lived a simple life", "have as much as you want"
discuter - to discuss, to argue, "controversial"
disparaître - to disappear, die, be missing
disperser - to disperse, "he spreads himself too thin"
disponible - available, spare
disposer - to arrange, to be inclined, "he was in the right frame of mind"
disputer - to contest, "a quarrel"
disque - a disk, "discus thrower", "music record"
distant - distant, aloof
distance - distance, "4 metres"
distiller - to distil, "distillation", a distillery
distinct - distinct, to be different
distinguer - to distinguish, to be conspicuous
distraire - to amuse, to distract
distrait - absent minded
distribuer - to distribute, "a distributor", "a ticket machine", "a delivery"
diversité - diversity, "to diversify", a variety
divinité - divinity
dix - ten, 10
docile - docile, submissive
docteur - a doctor, "she was a good doctor"
doigt - a finger, "a toe", to point towards, "very close", the fingering of a (musical) instrument, a touch
domestique - family, domesticated, household, servant
dompter - to tame
donc - so, then, therefore, "Who?"
donne - a (card) deal
donner - to give, "she dealt the cards"
dont - of whom, of which, "of those whom you speak of..."
dorer - to gild, "gold covered"
dormir - to sleep
dos - the back, spine, bridge, "he rode on the horse", "he had his rear end spanked"
dot - a dowry
doubler - to double, to repeat, "coat lining", "he was a stand in for the regular actor", a duplicate
doubler - to overtake
doucement - gently, softly, quietly
doué - talented
douleur - pain, grief
douter - to doubt, "he had his misgivings"
douze - twelve, 12
drame - drama, "it was a Shakesperean tragedy", "a dramatic turn of events"
drap - a sheet, clothe
drapeau - a flag
draper - to drape, "close the curtains"
dresser - to put up, to erect, "they raised the statue", "he stood up straight", "they drew up a list"
dressage - training, "they had it drilled into them", "he's an animal tamer"
droit - right, "on the right", straight, "She's an upright person", "You have that right"
drôle - funny
dû - due to, "dues", fees
duc - a duke, "duchess"
duel - a duel
dur - hard, tough, difficult, "the hard boiled egg", "it was a harsh winter", "hard hearted"
durer - to last, "durable"
dynamique - dynamic, "a thrust"
eau - water, "the rain", "mouth watering"
éblouir - to dazzle, "he stared in wonderment", "dizzy"
écarquiller - to widely open your eyes
écarter - to move apart, to brush aside, to be seperated, "he deviated from the subject", a gap, difference
écervelé - scatterbrained
échanger - to exchange, "an exchange was offered"
échapper - to escape, to slip away, "she's a runaway"
échelle - a ladder
écho - an echo, a response, "gossip", "local news"
échouer - to fail, to foil, to run aground
éclair - a flash, a lightning flash, "it was done in a flash"
éclair - a type of food
éclaircir - to make less dark, to thin, "the sky cleared", "the idea became clearer in her mind"
éclairer - to shed light on a situation, to enlighten, to make less heavy, "it was badly lit", "The situation became clearer"
éclaireur - a scout, "she was a girl guide"
éclat - brightness, glare, "the bloom of the flowers", to shatter, "the bomb burst"
ecoeurer - to cause to feel sick, "nausea", disgust
école - a school, college, university, "a school boy", "school girl"
économie - an economy, a savings (of money), "to be thrifty"
économe - a steward, a bursar, "he was the club treasurer"
écorcher - to skin an animal, to scratch, "he grazed his knee", "the sound grated on his ears"
écouler - to dispose of, "he sold off the last of it"
s'écouler - to flow out, "time flows on", the past
écouter - to listen, "she eavesdropped on the conversation", "headphones"
écrier - to cry out
écrin - a jewelry case
écrire - to write, "he was typing up his notes"
écrouler - to collapse, "she slumped in her chair"
écumer - to skim off, to plunder, "it foamed up", "She skimmed the fat off the soup"
effacer - to erase, to remove, "the shirt faded in the sun", "she washed the dirt out", "step aside"
effarer - to scare, to alarm
effectuer - to carry out (a task), to make
effet - an effect, an impression, "to be effective"
effets - a person's effects, the things someone owns
effilé - tapering, slender
effort - an effort
effrayer - to scare, to be afraid
effroyable - appalling, "he was filled with dread"
effronté - brazen, "an effrontery"
également - equal, equally, also
égard - regard, "in regards to this", respect, to have consideration for
égarer - to lead astray, to get lost
église - a church
égoïste - selfish
égorger - to cut someone's throat
égoutter - to drain, "strain the vegetables", "sewage", to drip, "dripping
égratignure - a scratch, "to scratch"
égrener - to pick, "picking grapes", "she shelled the oysters", "he counted his beads"
eh - hey! well! "Very Good!"
élan - momentum, an impulse, "in a single leap"
élan - an elk
élancer - to leap forward, "It soared into the sky"
électriser - to electrify, "his speech was electrifying", "electric train"
électronique - electronic, "electrical"
élégance - elegance, "smartly dressed"
éléphant - an elephant
élever - to raise, "She reared the children with discipline"
elle - she, her
elle-même - herself, itself, themselves
éloge - an eulogy, praise
éloigner - to take away, to banish, "it was a far-off land"
éloquent - eloquent
embarquer - to embark (on a voyage), to take on board, to load, to take (with you)
embarras - embarrassment, difficulty, "in a bit of trouble", "cause a fuss"
embrasser - to embrace, hug, kiss
embrasure - an opening
émerveiller - to amaze, "wonderful"
émissions - a TV or radio broadcast, an emmision
emmener - to take, to take a way, "he was taken prisoner"
émotion - excitement, scare, sentiment, emotion
émouvoir - to move, "she was deeply touched by the experience", "nervous", "upset"
emparer - to seize
empêcher - to prevent, to stop
empereur - an emperor
empire - an empire, "in the grip of the authorities"
empirer - to get worse
emplacements - a site, location, place
emplir - to fill
employer - to use
emporter - to take, to take away, "He got carried away"
empresser - to hasten to do something, to bustle about, "she was very eager"
emprisonner - to confine, "imprisonment"
emprunter - to borrow, "he borrowed the neighboors lawn mower"
en - in, from, "in France", "I came from there"
en - some, it, them, "talk about it", "I have some"
enchaîner - to chain up, to link together, "a series of events"
enchanter - to delight, enchanting, "a magician"
encore - still, yet, again, "are you still here", "don't go yet", "try again"
encrier - an inkwell, inkpot
endimanché - dressed in your best (Sunday) clothes
endommager - to damage
endormir - to put to sleep
endroit - a place, spot, "thats the right way"
énergie - energy, power, force
énervement - nervousness, "an irritation"
enfance - infancy, childhood
enfant - a child, "just a young infant"
enfer - hell, "eternal fires of damnation"
enfermer - to enclose, "they locked her up", "stubbornly"
enfin - finally, at last
enfoncer - to knock in, "drive the stake into the ground", "his sunken eyes"
enfuir - to run away, slip away, escape, flee
engager - "to become involved with something", to hire someone, to start discussions, a commitment, "to start something", "he made a pledge", to invest (money)
engloutir - to gooble up, "She wolfed down the food"
engourdir - to numb, to dull
enjamber - to step over, "He took a big stride"
enjeu - that which is at stake
enlacer - clasp, entwine
enlever - to take away, to remove
ennemi - an enemy, "hostile"
ennui - a bother, boredom, wearyness, "it was very annoying"
énorme - huge
enquêtes - a (police) investigation, inquiry
enrager - to be furious, "he really got on my nerves", fanatical
enrouer - to become hoarse, "a rasping voice"
enrubanner - to decorate with ribbon
enseigne - a sign, "the neon sign"
enseigne - a lieutenant
enseigner - to teach, "teacher"
ensemble - together, "a group", all (of a group), "an outfit (clothing)"
ensemencer - to sow
ensommeillé - sleepy
ensuite - next, afterwards, then
entendre - to hear, to have an understanding of, to intend, "to be in agreement"
enterrer - to bury, to dispose of, "a funeral"
entêter - to persist, "stubborn"
enthousiasmer - to enthuse, "enthusiastic"
entier - entire, whole, "he payed the full price"
entoure - to surround, to wrap, "circle of friends"
entracte - an intermission
entrailles - entrails
entrain - liveliness, spirit, "he got carried away"
entraîner - to lead, to lure, to train, "he was captivated", "she coached him well"
entre - between, "she was amongst us"
entre-bâiller - to open a little
entre-bâilleur - a door chain
entrée - an entry, an entrance, "he had the ticket of admission"
entrefaites - "at that moment"
entrer - to enter, to go in
entresol - a mezzanine, balcony
entretenir - to maintain, "upkeep", "to be kept"
entretenir - to talk, "conversation"
entrouvert - ajar, "to half open"
envahir - to invade, "they overran the enemy"
enveloppant - captivating, "he wrapped it up", "shrouded in mystery"
envers - towards, wrong side, "his pants were on back to front"
envie - jealousy, desire, envy
environ - "round about...", the outskirts of town, "approximately"
envoler - to take flight, "it blew away"
envoyer - to send, to throw, "the envoy carried the correspondence"
épaisse - thick, fat, "to get thicker"
épanouir - to blossom, "their beaming faces"
épargner - to spare, to save, "thrift", savings
epaule - the shoulder, "to shrug", an epaulet (a shoulder ornament)
épave - a wreck
épée - a sword
éperdu - wild, "he was frantic"
épicier - a grocer, "go buy the groceries"
épingle - a pin, "clothes peg", "they nabbed the thief"
épisode - an episode, "minor"
époque - an epoch, a period of history
épouser - to marry, "husband and wife"
épouvanter - to terrify, "she was filled with dread"
éprouver - to test, to experience, "a trial", "it was a well tried technique", "athletic event", "a photographic proof"
épuiser - to exhaust
épurer - to purify, "a refinement"
équilibrer - to balance, to counter balance, "a balance"
équipe - a team, "the ship's crew", a team member
équipée - an escapade, "a stunt"
équiper - to equip, "his camping gear", equipment
ermite - a hermit
errer - to roam, "it was a stray dog"
erreur - an error, mistake
éruption - an eruption
escadre - a fleet, a squadron
escalier - a stair way
escamoter - to make vanish, to evade, "retractable"
escarmouche - a skirmish
escorter - to escort
espacer - to space out, "plant them a metre apart", "this garden is the only green space around"
Espagne - Spain (a country south of France), "Spanish"
espèce - a species, a kind, "he's a dumb fool", "in cash only"
espérer - to hope
espionner - to spy
esplanade - a walkway (usually public)
esprit - spirit, wit
esquisser - to sketch, to gesture, "he bought a sketch at the flea market"
essayer - to try
essence - cooking essence, gasoline
essieu - an axle
essouffler - to become out of breath
essuyer - to wipe, "he wiped his hands on the hand towel"
est - the east, eastern, "the sun rises in the east"
esthétique - aesthetic, artistic, "a person who appreciates beauty"
estimer - to perform a valuation, to estimate, to consider, "she was held in high esteem", "we pay little regard to that", an estimation
estomac - the stomach
estrade - a platform
estropier - to disable
et - and, "this and that"
établir - to establish, set up, "the establishment"
étage - a floor, a storey, "on the second floor"
étaler - to display, to spread out, "he lay out his wares", "he staggered and fell"
étang - a pond
état - a condition, "she was in a good state of health"
Etat - a nation, "the U.S.A.", "a statesman"
état-major - a senior staff member
etc. - et cetera (etc.)
été - the summer
éteindre - to put out, "it was an extinct volcano", "she passed away"
étendard - a standard (a type of flag)
étendre - to spread out, "she stretched her arm", extent
éternel - eternal, "the speech dragged endlessly"
éther - ether
étirer - to stretch
étoffer - to stuff, "stuffing"
étoile - a star, out in the open, "star spangled banner"
étonner - to astonish
étouffer - to smother, to hush up, to choke, "stifling"
étranger - foreign, strange, "he is unknown to me"
étrangler - to choke
être - to be, "he is a man, it is a picture"
être - a (living) being, "human being", creatures, "lead a moral life"
étreindre - to grip, to embrace
étroit - narrow, tight, "watch closely"
étudier - to study, "a student"
eux - they, them
évaluer - to estimate, "He evaluated the situation"
évanouir - to faint
évasion - an escape
éveil - awakening, "on alert"
éveiller - to arouse, "lively"
éveiller - to arouse, "she woke him up", lively
événement - an event
evident - obvious, "conspicuous"
éviter - to avoid, "She spared him the details"
ex - "ex-husband", "ex-pilot", etc.
exact - accurate, correct, exact
exalter - to stir up, "he's a fanatic", excitement
examiner - to examine
exaspérer - to aggravate
Excellence - "his Excellency the king"
exceller - to excell, "very good work"
excepter - to make an exception
exceptionnel - exceptional
excès - an excesss, "he overeats"
exciter - to excite, rouse, provoke, "it was very stimulating"
exclamer - to exclaim
excuser - to excuse, to apologize
exécuter - to perform a task, "He executed the moves perfectly"
exemple - an example, "good heavens!"
exercer - to work at, to exert
exhaler - to exude, "it gave off an odour"
exiger - to require, "make a demand"
existence - existence
exotique - exotic
expédier - to expediate, "he sent it on its way", "he got rid of it quickly", an expedition, a letter
expérience - experience, an experiment
expérimenter - to experiment, "experienced"
expier - to atone for something, "suffering"
expirer - to expire, "breath out", "he died", "expiry date"
expliquer - to explain, "he explained himself", "they talked things over", "that's understandable", a discusion
explorer - to explore
exploser - to explode, "it blew up with a bang"
exposition - display, exhibition
exprimer - to express, to voice an opinion, "the distance is expressed in metres", expressive
expulser - to expel, to throw out
exquis - exquisite
extase - rapture, "he was ecstatic"
extraordinaire - extraordinary, "exceptionally"
extravagance - an extravagance
extrême - extreme, "an extremist", "out on the extremities", the end
façade - façade, front, "put up a good front", a sham
face - face, side, opposite (side)
fâcher - to anger, "she was annoyed", a quarrel
fâcheux - unfortunate
facile - to be easy, "an easygoing person", to facilitate
façon - way, behavior, "Her manners were good"
fade - insipid
faiblir - to weaken, to fail, "she had a weak spot for roses"
faillir - to fail, "he almost tumbled over"
faim - hunger
faire - to make, (to do, to have)
faisceau - a bundle (of things), a beam (of light)
falloir - to need, to require
il-faut - "it requires that", "the situation demands"
falloir - almost, nearly, "far from true"
fameux - famous
familier - familiar, informal, friendly, "to familiarize (oneself)"
famille - family
fanatique - fanatical
faner - to fade
fanfare - brass band, a musical fanfare
fange - mud
fantasque - whimsical
fantastique - fantastic
fantôme - a ghost
fatique - tiredness, weariness, "he weakened"
faucheux - a scythe
faucille - sickle, "hammer and sickle"
fausser - to distort, "he lied", "give him the slip"
faute - mistake, error
fauteuil - an armchair
fauve - the colour fawn
fauve - a wild beast
fausse - false, untrue, wrong, "it was a fake"
faux - scythe
faveur - a favour, in favour, "favouritism"
fée - fairy, "magical story", "fairy tale"
féerie - a theatrical production, fantastic and extravagant
feindre - to pretend, "a sham"
féliciter - to congratulate
femme - woman, wife
fendre - to split, to crack, to cleave, "a crack"
fenêtre - window
fer - iron
ferme - farm, farmhouse
ferme - firm, "he received a stiff penalty"
fermer - to close, shut, "closing device", "His zipper"
féroce - ferocious
ferrer - to shoe (a horse), "horse shoe", "an ornamental hinge"
fertile - fertile
fesse - buttock, "he fell on his behind"
fessée - a spanking
fête - holiday, festival, feast, fair, "to celebrate"
feu - fire, burner, heat
feuille - leaf, sheet, chart, foilage, flaky pastry
février - February
fiacre - a common type of horse carriage
fiancer - to become engaged, "they were going to be married"
ficeler - to tie up, "she needed a piece of string
ficher - to give, to leave, to throw, "put it down", "leave me alone"
fiche - "I don't give a damn"
fidèle - faithful
fière - proud
fier - to trust, "I believed in him"
fiévreux - feverish, "he had a high temperature", a frenzy
figure - face, figure, illustration
filante - a shooting star
fille - girl, young lady, daughter
fils - son, "they had two sons and one daughter"
fine - fine, delicate, high quality, brandy liquer, "fine champagne", subtle, shrewd
finir - to finish, the end
fissurer - to crack
fixe - fixed, set, "she had an obsession", "he stared at her"
fixer - to fix, "they settled an argument"
flambeau - a torch
flamber - to burn, to sterilize, "it flared up", "he was done for"
flamboyer - to flame
flamber - to gamble for lots of money
flâner - to dawdle, "they strolled along"
flanquer - to flank, "they outflanked the enemy"
flasque - flabby, "flopping around in the breeze"
flatter - to flatter, "flattery will get you nowhere"
flèche - arrow, dart, spire, "it shot skyward"
fléchir - to bend, to break, to fall off, to persuade
flegme - composure, "stolid"
fleur - flower, blossom, "to flourish", florid
floraison - a flowering, in bloom, "floral"
flot - flood, waves, stream, floodtide, "to launch a boat", "in abundance"
flotter - to float, drift, "raining", loose, indecisive
foi - faith
fois - time, "once upon a time..."
folie - madness, foolishness
fonction - a function, a duty, "to function (well)", "get it working"
fond - bottom, back, background
fondre - to melt, to dissolve, to fuse together, "a metal foundry"
forcer - to force, "armed forces", "all his strength"
forêt - a forest
format - a format, a size
forme - form, shape, "her figure", "they trained hard"
formidable - tremendous
formuler - to formulate, "a formula", an expression, "what form does it take?"
fort - strong, heavy, load, high, fortified
fortifier - to strengthen, "a medicine", "a fortified town"
fosse - (f) a pit, a grave, a cesspool
fossé - (m) ditch, moat, a gap
fou - mad, insane, crazy
foudre - lightning, "love at first sight"
foudroyer - lightning strike, "thunderstruck", "electrocuted"
foule - a crowd
foulée - stride, "they were striding along"
fouler - to press, to tread, to trample, "sprain an ankle", "she doesn't exert herself"
four - an oven
fourbe - a cheat, "deceitful"
fourche - fork
fourmi - an ant, "he had 'pins and needles' after sitting too long"
fournir - to provide, "it was a well stocked store"
fourré - thicket, brush
fourrure - fur
foyer - home, (youth) hostel, (men's) club, "the source of the light"
fracas - a loud crash, "to smash", sensational
fraîcheur - freshness, coolness, "chilly breeze"
franc - unit of money, "it cost one dollar"
franc - frank, straight forward
franc - free, exempt
francs-tireurs - army irregulars
France - a country somewhere in Europe
franchise - frankness, candour
franchise - an exemption, "tax exempt", a commercial franchise
frappe - typing, to touch, strike at, "he stamped his foot down"
frégate - a frigate
freiner - to brake, to slow down, to hold up, "(car) brakes"
freluquet - a whippersnapper
frémir - to shake, quiver, shudder
frénésie - frenzy, frantic
fréquence - frequency, "how often did she do it?"
frère - brother
fripon - a rascal, "a prank"
frisson - a shiver, "to shudder (with fear)"
froid - cold, "the beer was chilled"
froisser - to crumple, to offend, "the rustling of the leaves", "that remark ruffled her feathers", to strain a muscle, to be offended, to get crushed
frôler - to skim by (very close), to brush up against, "he came 'that close' to being killed"
frôlement - rustling
fromage - cheese
front - forehead, front, "it was a head-on collision"
fruit - fruit, "it was a fruitful encounter"
fuir - to flee, to run away, "they took flight"
fumée - smoke
funéraire - funeral, "gloomy"
funeste - catastrophic
fureur - fury, rage
fusil - rifle, gun, "they heard gunfire"
fusiller - to shoot
futile - frivolous, "futility"
gâcher - to spoil, to waste, "it was a big mess"
gagner - to earn, to win, to overcome
gai - cheerful, tipsy
gaillard - vigorous, "a strapping fellow", "a brazen wench"
gain - a gain, winnings, a savings
gaine - a girdle, a sheath
galant - gallant, amourous, "he wished to marry her"
galerie - balcony, gallery, "a car roof rack", the audience
Galice - Galicia, (a place in Spain)
galon - a braid, "he earned his stripes"
galoper - to gallop, "she rushed forward"
gant - a glove, "a face clothe", to be wearing gloves
garage - garage, railroad siding, (a dead end)
garantir - to guarantee, to protect
garçon - boy, lad, bachelor
garde - guard, rural policeman, bodyguard, "he was on guard, keeping close attention", "she was babysitting"
gardien - caretaker, warden
gare - train station, bus station, "he parked the car"
garer - to park, to get out of the way, "watch out!"
garnir - to fit out with, "furnished apartment", "with all the trimmings", "well stocked", "it was filling up fast"
garnison - a (military) garrison
garrotter - to tie up, "They muzzled him"
gâteau - cake, pudding
gâter - to spoil, to go bad, to get worse
gauche - left, lefthanded, awkward, bad
gaz - gas, "he was gassed in WW1", a fart
gaze - gauze, tissue
gazer - to zoom along
gazouiller - to babble, "chirping"
géant - giant
gélinotte - hazel grouse
gémir - to moan, "a groan"
gendarmerie - police police force
gêner - to annoy, to be in the way, to put oneself out, "discomfort", short of money
général - in general, widespread
général - a general in the army
génération - generation
générosité - generosity
genêt - a plant, a shrub called "broom"
genou - knee, "kneel down", "he sit on her lap"
gens - people, young men
gentil - gentle, "he was a gentleman"
gentilhomme - gentleman, "ladies and gemtlemen"
germer - to germinate, "a seed", "a germ"
gestes - gesture, movement
giberne - a cartridge pouch
gibier - game animals
gicler - to spurt, to splash, "a jet (of water)"
gifler - to slap
gigantesque - gigantic
gilet - a vest, a cardigan sweater, "life jacket"
glace - ice, ice cream
glace - a mirror, a window (pane)
glaïeul - gladiolus, "a type of flowering bulb"
glisser - to slip, to slide
gloire - glory, "she basked in the limelight"
glouglou - gurgle, (he gurgled with mouth wash)
golf - golf (the game), a golf course
golfe - a gulf
gonfler - to inflate, blowup, "she swelled with pride"
gorge - throut, canyon
gorille - a gorilla, "a body guard"
gourdin - a club
gourmand - to be fond of eating, "he was greedy", "it was a delicacy"
gourme - "to sow one's wild oats", a skin disease
gousse - clove of garlic
goûter - to taste, to snack, "it was tasteless"
gouvernement - government
gracier - to pardon, "she cried for mercy", "in good grace"
gracieux - graceful, gracious
grade - (military) rank
grain - (small) grains of..., (rain) drops, beads, specks
grand - big, large, heavy, load
grand'mère - grand mother
grandiose - grand, grandiose
grandir - to grow, to magnify
gras - fat, heavy, thick, bold, "she was handsomely rewarded"
gratter - to scrape, "an itch"
grave - serious, solemn
graver - to engrave, to carve
gravir - to struggle upwards
gravité - seriousness
graviter - to revolve around, "gravitation"
Grèce - Greece (a country), "a Greek"
grêle - spindly, thin
grêler - to hail, "a hailstone"
grelotter - to shiver
grenadier - a type of foot soldier who tosses grenades
grièvement - seriously, "badly injured"
grille - (iron) gate, bars, a grate
grimacer - to grimace, "a funny face"
grimper - to climb
grincer - to creak, "he gnashed his teeth"
grippe - the flu, a strong disliking, "the car engine seized up", "a miserly old man"
griser - to intoxicate
gros - big, great, load, swollen, "he was earning big money"
grouper - to group together, "they banded together", a group
guère - "hardly ever"
guérison - a recovery, "to cure", to get better, "a faith healer"
guerre - war, war-like
guetter - to be on the look out, "they lay in wait"
guêtres - spats (shoe covers), gaiters
guichet - ticket office
guider - to guide
gymnastique - gymnastics
habile - skilful, clever
habiller - to dress, to get dressed, "clothes"
habit - a costume, clothes
habiter - to live, to inhabit, "living conditions", "house"
habitude - habit, "he was used to it being there"
hache - an axe
hagard - frantic
haie - a hedge, "a steeplechase"
haillons - rags, "he was in tatters"
haine - hate
haïr - to hate
haleter - to gasp
halte - a stop
hameau - a hamlet, a very small village
hanter - to haunt, haunted
haranguer - to harangue, to scold
hardi - daring
harpe - a harp
harpon - a harpoon, "to harpoon", to waylay
hasard - coincidence, at random
hasarder - to risk, "hazard a guess", "venture forth"
hâte - haste, "she was early"
hauban - a shroud
hausser - to raise, "she shrugged her shoulders"
haut - high, highest, "he spoke in a load voice", "she went upstairs"
hauteur - the height of something, a musical pitch, "is he up to it?", highly
hébété - dazed
hectare - a hectare (the metric land measurement), 10,000 (m)2
hélas - alas!, unfortunately
héler - to hail (a taxi)
herbe - grass, herb, weed
hercule - a strong man, "Hercules"
hérisser - to bristle, ruffle
hériter - to inherit
héros - a hero
hésiter - to hesitate, "he spoke with hesitation, in a faltering voice"
heure - hour, "what time is it"
heureux - happy, lucky, fortunate
heurter - to bump against, to offend
hideux - hideous
hier - yesterday
hiérarachie - hierarchy
hippopotame - hippopotamus
histoire - history, story
hiver - winter
Hollande - the country Holland, "dutch"
hommage - tribute, respect
homme - man, mankind
honnête - honest, "a decent person"
honneur - honnor, "it was to her credit"
honte - shame, disgrace
hôpital - a hospital
hoquet - hiccup
horizon - the horizon
horloge - a clock, "a watchmaker"
horreur - horror, horrible things
hors - outside, out of
hors-d'oeuvre - the snack at begining of a meal
hostilité - hostility
hôtel - a hotel, "mansion"
hôte - either a host or a guest
hourra - "hurrah!"
huer - to boo
huis - in camera, "behind closed doors"
huit - eight, 8, a week
humain - human, humane
humble - humble
humer - to inhale, to smell
humeur - a mood, "in good humour"
humide - humid, wet, moist
humilier - to humiliate
humilité - humility
hurler - to scream, howl, yell
hussard - a hussar (a cavalryman in the army), "done with a cavalier attitude"
hypocrite - hypocritical
ici - here, "go this way", "she lives around here", "this week", "within a short time"
idéal - ideal
idée - idea, "he changed his mind"
idem - ditto, "as already stated"
ignorer - to be ignorant of something, "the unknown", to ignore
il - he, it
île - island, "no man is an island"
illuminer - to illuminate
images - picture, reflection
imaginer - to imagine, to invent, devise, "she was quite imaginative"
immédiatement - immediately, right away, this moment
immense - vast, immense
immobile - motionless, still, "they immobilized him", "she came to a stand still"
immodéré - immoderate
impatience - impatience, "to annoy"
impénétrable - impenetrable
imperceptible - imperceptible, "he couldn't see it"
impérieux - imperative
important - important, "it was a considerable undertaking"
importer - to matter, "it is very important"
imposer - to force something to happen, to compel, "impose a tax", "an imposing presence"
impossible - impossible
imprimer - to impart (knowledge)
imprimé - printed, "a printing press"
imprudence - careless, rash, unwise
impuissance - helplessness
impure - impure
impur - impure, "impurity"
inanimé - inanimate, lifeless
inattaquable - unassailable
inattendu - unexpected
inavouable - shamefull
incapable - unable
incendier - to set on fire, "a conflagration"
incessamment - very soon
inclination - an inclination, a nod (of the head)
inconnu - the unknown, a stranger
inconscient - unconscious, thoughtless
inconvenance - impropriety
incrédulité - disbelief
incroyable - incredible, unbelievable
incurable - incurable
Inde - India
indépendant - self-contained, independant
indéracinable - cannot be eradicated
index - forefinger, an index
indifférent - indifferent, "its all the same to me"
indigestion - indigestion, "the food was indigestable"
indigner - to cause indignation, to be indignant
indiquer - to show, "she pointed out the best path"
indisposer - to cause to be indisposed, to antagonize, "she upset him", "he was unwell"
individuellement - individually, "an individual"
indulgence - indulgence
ineffaçable - something cannot be removed
inégal - unequal, "incomparable", a difference
inerte - lifeless, "inertia"
inestimable - priceless
inexplicable - inexplicable, "unexplained"
infâme - vile, "infamy"
infidèle - unfaithful
infini - infinite
inflexible - inflexible
in-folio - a folio
informe - shapeless
informer - to inform, to inquire, "information", "interesting piece of news"
infortune - a misfortune
initier - to initiate, "he became acquainted with the club"
injurier - to insult, "abuse"
innocent - innocent, "they cleared his name"
innommable - loathsome
inoffensif - harmless, inoffensive
inonder - to inundate, to flood
inquiet - worried, "she was anxious for him"
insatiable - insatiable
inscrire - to inscribe, to enroll, "inscription"
insensible - very slight, insensitive, "imperceptibly"
insigne - insignia, badge
insoupçonné - unsuspected, "beyond suspicion"
inspirer - to inspire, "inspiration", to breath in
instant - moment, "at that instant...", "instant coffee"
intelligent - intelligent, clever, "the police had some intelligence on the man"
instinct - instinct, "she reacted instinctively"
instruction - education, directive, investigation
instrument - an instrument, a tool, (musical) instrument
insulter - to insult, "a put down"
intact - intact
intention - an intention, "it was done on purpose"
interdire - to forbid, "it was banned"
intéresser - to interest, to be concerned (with), "a worthwhile performance", "selfish"
intérieur - interior, inside, "inward looking"
interminable - interminable, endless
interpeller - to shout at, to heckle
interpréter - to interpret, to perform, "an interpreter", a singer, "a performance"
interroger - to interrogate, to examine, "they had many questions"
interrompre - to interrupt, "they broke off the conversation"
intime - intimate, quiet, private
intimider - to intimidate
intolérable - "not to be tolerated"
intonation - a tone of voice
intrépide - bold
intriguer - to scheme, to be intrigued by
inutile - pointless, needless
invariable - invariable
invasion - invasion
investir - to invest (money), to give power, "by the authority invested in me"
invincible - invincible
inviter - to invite, to tempt, "he was a guest"
involontaire - involuntary
iode - iodine (a chemical)
ironie - an irony
irrégulier - irregular
irréprochable - irreproachable
irrésistible - irresistible
irriter - to irritate, "he got angry"
isoler - to isolate, "he was tossed into isolation", they insulated the house"
ivre - drunk, drunkenness, "She was under the influence"
issue - exit, wayout, outcome
ivre - drunk, drunkenness, "She was under the influence"
jadis - "long ago", "in the olden days"
jaillir - to gush out, "it burst forth"
jamais - never, forever, if ever
jambe - leg
janvier - January
Japon - Japan
jaquette - tailcoat, women's jacket, book jacket
jardin - garden, kindergarten, park with gardens
jaser - to jabber
jaune - yellow
je - I, "you and I are friends"
jetée - pier, dock, jetty
jeter - to throw, "she cast a glance"
jeton - token, "this video game requires three tokens which can be bought from the cashier"
jeu - a game, gambling, "a deck of cards", "the 'play' of a loose gadget"
jeudi - Thursday
jeune - young, inexperienced, junior
joaillier - a jeweller, "jewellery"
joie - joy, delight, "the bonfire"
joindre - to combine, to join, "with feet together"
joli - nice, lovely, "it was done nicely", "that was very awful"
joncher - to litter, "strewn"
jongler - to juggle, "she can juggle 7 balls at once"
jouer - to play, to act, "the actors were good, the piano player also"
jour - day, a day, the daytime, "daily"
journal - a newspaper, a diary, a journal
joyeux - merry, happy, joyful
juger - to judge, to referee
juillet - July
jungle - jungle
jupe - a skirt, "her petticoat"
jurer - to swear, to clash, "swear words", "the juror was sworn in", an oath
jusque - as far as, right up to, "I'm fed up"
justaucorps - a jerkin, a vest
juste - fair, just, accurate, true, tight, good, "barely enough", "at exactly that moment...", "the guitar was in tune"
justice - justice, law, fairness
képi - a kepi (french army hat)
kilomètre - a kilometre, 1000 m, "a milestone"
là - there, "here"
là-bas - over there
lac - a lake
lâche - cowardly, "a deserter"
lâcher - to release, to leave alone, "the rope went slack"
lacté - milk, "the Milky Way"
laideur - ugliness
laisser - to allow to come to pass, "leave her to it", "let him come in", "give him what he needs"
lait - milk, "foster brother or sister", "of the diary"
lambris - (wall) panelling
lampe - a lamp, neon light, a vacuum tube (for old radios etc.)
lancer - to throw, to hurl, "momentum", a launching
langue - a language, "her mother tongue"
langueur - langour, "she languished away"
lanière - a strap
lapin - a rabbit
large - wide, broad, "she had grand ideas"
larmes - in tears
las - weary, "alas!"
lasser - to grow weary, "she was tired of it"
laver - to wash
le - the, "the figurines"
le - it, "I want them", him, her, "I see her"
lecture - a reading, "books", someone who reads, a device that reads, a (foreign) teacher assistant
légende - a legend, a myth
légende - a map legend, photo captions
léger - light, mild, "she was a slight girl"
légitime - legitimate, "officially recognized", "self defense"
lendemain - the next day, "the future"
lentement - slowly
lettre - an alphabetical character, (letter 'a' etc), "write it out in full", "she was well read"
leur - their, "it was their cat"
lever - to lift up, raise, "They set up camp", "the sun was rising"
lèvre - the lip, "done grudgingly"
liane - a forest vine
liberté - freedom, "a liberator"
libérer - to set free, to free up, "a release"
libraire - a bookseller, bookshop
libre - free, vacant, "self serve"
lien - bond, link, connection, tie, "they struck up a conversation", "he was tied up"
lieu - a place, "the scene of the accident", to take place, "a locality", "in the first place"
lieue - a league (old measurement, about 4 km)
lieutenant - a lieutenant
lièvre - a hare
ligne - a line, a row, "the main railroad line", "the broad outline", ancestral lineage
lilas - lilac (a flower and a colour)
linceul - a shroud
linge - linen, "underwear"
liquide - liquid, ready cash
lire - to read
lit - a bed, cot, crib
littéraire - literary, "literature"
livre - a book
livre - a pound, "by the pound","english money"
livrer - to deliver, to give oneself up, "delivery boy"
loger - to lodge, accomodate, house, "she found somewhere to live"
logique - logical
loi - the law
loin - far away, a long way away, every so often, "he saw it in the distance"
loisirs - spare time
long - long, long time, slow, "they spoke at length"
longtemps - for a long time, too long, "before long he will have drunk too much"
longue - at length, "the speaker droned on and on"
lors - at the time of, from then on, since, "when it happened..."
louer - to rent, to rent out, "she booked the tickets"
louange - praise "they gave him praise"
louis - a valuable coin made of gold
loup - a wolf, "she wolfed down the food", "werewolf"
lourd - heavy, "the weather was very close", "it was dull"
Luberon - a hilly area in southern France
lucide - lucid, clear
lueur - a glimmer, "a glimmer of light", "a glimmer of hope"
lugubre - gloomy
lui - to him, to her, "I spoke to him"
lui-même - himself, itself
luire - to gleam, to shine, "shiny"
lumière - the light, "bring the details to light"
lumineux - bright, luminous, "she was brilliant"
lundi - Monday
lune - the moon
lunette - spectacles, goggles, "a telescope", "a (car) window"
luthérien - Lutheran (a type of Protestant)
lutte - a struggle, wrestling
luxe - luxury
Lyon - a city in southern France
machinal - mechanical, "automatically"
maçon - a bricklayer, "masonry"
madame - madam, "Mrs Smith"
mademoiselle - miss, "Miss Smith"
magazine - a magazine, "he read the magazine"
magistrat - a magistrate, "the judiciary"
magnanime - magnanimous
magnifique - magnificent
Maguelonne - the name of a star
mai - May (the month)
maigrir - to get thinner, "he was skinny", low-fat
main - the hand, in the hand, hand made, "lend a hand", "He had a lucky streak"
maintenant - now, nowadays, from now on
maintenir - to maintain, "he was holding his own"
maire - the town mayor, "town council"
mairie - city hall
mais - but, "yes of course", "definitely not"
maison - a house, a building, home
maître - a master, teacher
majesté - majesty, "his majesty the king.", "stately"
mal - evil, harm, pain, misfortune
malade - sick, ill, bad
maladroit - clumsy, clumsiness
malchance - bad luck
malgré - in spite of, "after all that, he did it anyway"
malheur - misfortune, mishap, badluck, "He was a wretched, miserable, unlucky person"
malicieux - mischievous
malin - clever
malpropre - dirty
maman - mommy, "where's my mommy? the boy cried"
manche - (m) a handle, a stick, "broomstick"
manche - (f) a sleeve, "shirt cuff"
manger - to eat
manier - to handle (well), "manoeuvrability", "a military drill"
manière - a way, "in a manner of speaking", "one way or another", anyhow, "good manners"
manifester - to show, "it was obvious", "showing displeasure", demonstrate
manoeuvrer - to manoeuvre, "she operated the machine"
manque - a lack, gap, shortage, shortcoming
manquer - to miss, to fail
mansarde - the attic
manteau - a coat
marbre - marble
marchand - a shopkeeper, trader
marchander - to haggle
marcher - to walk, to function properly, "he took a step", one stair of a stairway
mari - a husband
marier - to marry, "they married each other", "the carpenter married the joints together", to blend
marin - of the sea, nautical, "a sailor", "the navy", the merchant marine, "navy blue"
maritime - maritime
marmot - a child
marquer - to mark, to make a note of something, to (keep) score, "a mark" a trademark
mars - the month of March
Marseille - a port city in southern France
marteau - a hammer, doorknocker
martial - of the military
martyr - a martyr, "battered child", to torture
massacrer - to massacre, slaughter
masse - large quantities
matelas - a mattress, "quilted"
matelot - a sailor, seaman
matière - a subject, material
matin - the morning, "it was early in the day"
matines - bells
mâture - masts, "hoist the sail up the mast"
maudire - to curse, "his soul is damned"
maussade - glum, sullen, gloomy
mauvais - bad, wicked, rough, worse
me - me, "me and you"
mécanique - mechanical, "it had a clockwork motor"
méchant - wicked, evil, "malicious gossip", "vicious dog", nasty, "naughty boy"
mécontenter - to displease, "he was discontented"
médecin - a doctor
médecine - medicine, "medical"
médiocre - second-rate, "mediocrity"
méditer - to consider doing, to meditate
meilleur - better, best
mélancolie - melancholy, "gloomy"
mêler - to mix, to mingle, to combine, to muddle
mélodieux - melodious, "a nice melody", a music lover
membre - a member, a limb
même - same, "this was the very book"
mémoire - memory
menacer - to threaten
ménage - housekeeping, a couple, a household
mener - to lead, to control, "a leader"
mennonite - a type of religious community
mentir - to lie, "he's a bs artist"
menton - the chin
menu - tiny, slender, fine, minor, small, petty
menu - a menu (in a restaurant)
mépriser - to show contempt, to despise
mer - the sea, "the tide"
merci - "thank you"
mercure - the metal mercury
mère - a mother
mériter - to merit, to deserve, "commendable"
merveille - a wonder, a marvel
message - a message, "messenger"
messe - a mass (catholic religious ceremony)
mesure - a measurement, "the beat of the music", "in moderation", "as fast as..."
mesurer - to measure, to calculate, to ration
métallique - metallic
méticuleux - meticulous, "he was very careful and precise"
mètre - a metre, tape measure
métro - the subway (train)
mettre - to put, to lay down, "she put on her clothes", "he made him angry"
meuble - a piece of furnitire, "the room was furnished"
midi - midday, noon, lunch time
midi - south, "the south of France"
mien - mine, "my friends"
mieux - better, more
mignonne - nice, cute
Milan - a city in northern Italy
milice - the militia
milieu - the middle, "in this environment", "in literary circles"
militaire - military, "a serviceman", a soldier
mille - a thousand, "it cost two thousand dollars"
milliard - a billion, 1,000,000,000
million - a million, 1,000,000
mincir - to get thinner, "slim"
mine - appearance
ministre - a minister (political or religious)
ministère - a government ministry
minuit - midnight
minute - a minute, "three minute egg"
minutieux - meticulous
mirer - to mirror, to be reflected
miroir - a mirror, "it shimmered in the light"
misérable - miserable, "misery", "a mere trifle"
mitraille - gunfire, "to fire a machine gun", to snap pictures quickly, "a machinegun"
mode - fashion, in fashion, the fashion trade, a method, a mode of operation
moderne - modern, "to modernize"
modest - modest
moi - me, "leave me alone"
moindre - less than, the least, "the slightest doubt"
moine - a monk
moins - less, "not so much", fewer, "not as cold", "the very smallest"
mois - a month, "the month of June"
moisir - to go mouldy, "the kids were hanging about"
moissonner - to harvest, the harvesters harvested the harvest
moitié - half
moment - moment, time, "when you are ready"
mon - my, "my father"
monarque - the monarch, "Queen", a monarchy
mondain - fashionable, "high society", "earthly desires", "vice squad"
monde - the world, (all) people, "worldwide", "society"
monotone - monotonous
monsieur - gentleman, "Mr Smith"
monstrueux - monstrous, "a horror", "colossal"
montagne - mountain, "roller coaster"
Mont-de-l'Ure - a mountain range in south France
monter - to climb, to go upwards, "she went up the stairs", "his anger mounted"
montre - to watch, to show, "she pointed at him", "it turned out that...", "she showed her face at last"
montre - a clock, "a wristwatch"
moquer - to mock, "they made a fool of him"
moquette - wall to wall carpeting
moral - moral, upright
morceaux - a morcel, a bit, a piece, "to divide up"
mordre - to bite, "scathing"
mordu - a fan, "he's a football fan"
morne - dismal, gloomy
mort - death, to be dead, "fatal", "dead tired"
moscou - Moscow
mot - a word, "an order"
motif - a reason
motif - a pattern
mou - soft, feeble
mouche - a fly (an insect), some spots, a beauty spot, "to hit a bull's eye"
mouchoir - a handkerchief
moue - a pout
mouiller - to get something wet, to get involved, "get your feet wet", to drop anchor
mouillure - wetness, "he was drenched to the skin"
moule - a mould, a cake tin
moule - a mussel (similar to a clam)
moulin - a mill, an engine, "a coffee-grinder"
moulinet - a (fishing) reel, a winch, "to twirl", to whirl about
mourir - to die, to be dying
mousquet - a musket, "the three musketeers", the gunfire of muskets
mousse - froth, foam, lather, "moss on the rock", "hair styling mousse"
moustache - a moustache, "the cat's whiskers"
mouton - a sheep, mutton (lamb meat), "white horses"
mouvement - a movement, an outburst, an impulse, "eventful"
moyenne - average, moderate
moyen - an ability, a means, "one way to do it is..."
muet - mute, dumb, silent, speechless
mugir - to bellow
mule - the Pope's slipper (which has important symbolism)
mule - a she mule
mulet - a he mule
multitude - a lot of people
municipal - municipal, "town council"
mur - a wall, a barrier, "to wall up", to isolate
mûrir - to ripen, to mature, "carefully"
murmurer - to murmur
muscle - a muscle, "brawny"
musique - music, a band
mystére - a mystery
naïf - naïve, "a very simple person"
naître - to be born, to arise
napoléon - a gold coin
nappe - a table cloth
narguer - to mock
narine - a nostril
natif - a native, to be native
nation - nation, "a national issue"
nature - nature, "Mother Nature", "every kind", "life"
naturellement - naturally, "natural"
naufrage - a (ship) wreck, a ruin
nausée - sickness
ne - not
ne-pas - not
ne-plus - no more
ne-point - not at all
ne-jamais - never
ne-personne - no one
ne-rien - nothing
ne-que - only, "none but"
ne-guère - hardly
néant - a void, none
nécessiter - to require, "it is necessary", "in need"
négocier - to negotiate, "negotiation"
négociant - a merchant
neige - snow, "sleet", "dry ice"
néon - neon
néophyte - a novice
nerf - nerve, "she had a lot of guts"
net - clear, clean, short, fair, "its plain for all to see"
neuve - brand new, "as good as new"
neuf - nine, 9
neveu - a nephew
névralgie - a headache
nez - a nose
ni - neither, nor, "he's neither hungry nor thirsty"
niais - inane, silly, "a simpleton"
nid - a nest, a pot hole
nièce - a niece
nipper - to get stylishly dressed
niveau - a level, a standard, "water level", "standard of living"
noblesse - the nobility
noce - a wedding, "to have a good time", to live life in the fast lane
nocturne - nocturnal, to happen at night, "a prowler"
noeud - a knot, a bow, "a nautical speed, the knot"
noir - black, gloomy, vile
nom - a name, a noun
nombre - a number, "she's one of our number"
nombreux - numerous
nommer - to name, to appoint
non - no, "it's not alright"
nous - we, us
normal - normal, "to standardize"
Normandie - Normandy, a northern region of France
norme - a norm, "to be normal"
note - a note, "musical note", "the students grades were not good", "send me the bill"
noter - to note, to notice, "a notable person", "she marked the exam"
notion - idea
notre - our, "it was our choice"
nounou - a nanny, a live in babysitter
nourrir - to feed, nourish, "it was tasty nourishment"
nouveau - new, different, "the latest news"
novembre - November
noyer - to drown, to flood
nu - naked, nude, bare
nuage - a cloud, "the recipe called for just a dash"
nuée - a host of, a cloud of
nuit - night, "it is very dark"
nulle - non-existent, "not at all", "totally useless"
nuque - nape of the neck, the back
obéir - to obey, "he was obedient"
objet - an object, "it was a subject to be studied", "lost and found"
obliger - oblige, "you are obliged to do it", "let me oblige you"
obscurcir - to darken, to obscure, "it clouded over", "it was dark"
obséder - to obsess, "haunting", a maniac
observer - to observe, watch, observation
obstiner - to be persistent, "he was an obstinate fool", stubborness
obtenir - to obtain
obus - a (bomb) shell
occasion - opportunity, "it was his chance at fame"
occupation - occupation, "she occupied herself", to occupy, "it took up the corner", to employ
octobre - October
odeur - scent, smell
odieux - obnoxious
oeil - an eye, "my eyes", "before my very eyes"
oesophage - oesophagus, windpipe, "he cut his own throat"
oeuvre - work, charity
offensif - offensive, attack
officier - officer, "she officiated at the contest"
offre - an offer, a supply
offrir - to offer, to give, to volunteer, "she treated herself to a cookie"
oie - a goose
oiseau - bird, "a rare bird"
oiseux - idle, vain
oison - gosling (baby goose)
oligarchie - an oligarchy, (government where a very few have all the power)
ombre - shade, shadow, "the line traced out"
ombrelle - a sunshade, a parasol
on - they, people, "we understand it to mean..."
oncle - uncle
onde - wave, "heard it over the radio waves", "wavy motion", undulate
ongle - a finger nail
onze - eleven, 11, "eleventh"
opera - opera
opérer - to operate, to make, "they carried out the task", "surgical operation", an operator, "it was working"
opiniâtrer - to persist, "stubborn"
opinion - an opinion
opposer - to be opposing, "opposing walls", "opposed to each other", "contrasting colours"
opprimer - to oppress, "oppressive"
option - a choice, "optional"
opulent - opulent, "opulence"
Or - gold
or - now, well
orage - a (thunder) storm
orange - an orange (a fruit), the colour orange
ordinaire - regular, average, usual
ordonner - to order (someone), to arrange (for something to happen), "prescribed medication"
ordre - an order, "everything's in order", "Do as you're told!"
ordure - filth, garbage
oreille - ear
organiser - to organize
orgueil - pride
oriental - oriental
origine - origin, originally
ornière - rut
os - bone
osciller - to oscillate, "it swung back and forth"
oser - to dare, "he was daring"
osier - wicker (branches), "a wicker basket"
ôter - to remove, "she took it away"
ou - or, "you or me"
où - where, "what day of the week was it on?", "the table on which I put it"
ouailles - a priest's church congregation, "one of the preachers flock"
ouate - cotton wool
oublier - to forget
oui - yes, the "yes" votes, "I think so"
ouragan - a hurricane
ours - a bear, "the Great Bear (big dipper)"
outils - tools, "they equipped themselves"
outrager - to offend, "an insult"
outre - moreover, besides, across, "overseas"
outre-Manche - "across the (English) Channel"
ouvert - open
ouvrir - to open, "he turned the radio on", "he cut himself"
pacifier - to pacify, to calm down, "it was a peaceful day"
page - page of a book
page - a pageboy
paille - straw, (drinking) straw, "straw man", "flash in the pan", "he was penniless", "straw mattress"
paille - a draining board
pain - bread, a loaf of bread, "a bar of soap"
paisible - peaceful
paix - peace, "they signed the peace treaty"
palais - a palace
Palais-Royal - a square in Paris
pâle - pale, pallour, "he turned white and fainted"
palissade - a fortified fence made of stakes
palper - to feel, "he fingered her", palpable
pampre - a vine branch
pan - a shirt tail, a patch of something, "Bang!"
panier - basket, paddy wagon, "He made a packed lunch"
panneau - a (traffic) sign, a billboard
pantalon - a pair of trousers
pantoufle - slipper
papa - daddy, "the little girl wanted her daddy"
papier - paper, sheet of paper
Pâque - Easter, Passover
paquet - package, packet
par - by, "he left through the door"
paradis - paradise, "heavenly"
parages - a region, an area, "in these parts"
paraître - to appear, to seem (as if), "it looks like we are losing"
paralyser - to paralyze
parapet - a rampart, a low wall
parbleu - "of course!"
parc - a park, playpen, parking lot, "the animal was penned up"
parce-que - because
parchemin - parchment
par-ci - "here, there, and everywhere", "here and there"
par-là - "here, there, and everywhere", "here and there"
parcours - route, course, "they travelled an uncharted course"
pardi - "of course!"
pardonner - to forgive, "excuse me"
pareil - similar
parent - a relation, relative, "they were related"
parée - to be prepared, "to ward off", "he paried the blow"
parer - to adorn, "they hung garlands on the statue"
paresser - to laze around, "idle"
parfaire - to perfect, "certainly"
parfois - sometimes
parfum - scent, fragrance, flavour, perfume
pari - a wager, "to bet"
Paris - capital of France
parisien - a person or thing of Paris
parlement - parliament, "a member of parliament"
parlementer - to negotiate
parler - to talk, to speak
parmi - amongst, "here amongst us"
parole - speech
part - a part, a share, "to take part in something", "shared experience", the various sides of an issue
partager - to share, to divide, "torn between two lovers"
parterre - a flower bed, an orchestra
passer - to pass, to spend time, to have taken place, the past
parti - a decision, a course of action, "a political party", to take sides, "prejudice"
particulier - peculiar, specific, "especially"
partie - part of something, a game (of tennis etc.), "a hunting party", "he acted on behalf of the king"
partir - to go, to leave, to start, "he started off with nothing"
partisan - a supporter, "to be in favour of"
partout - everywhere, "wherever you go", "It was all over the floor"
parure - jewellery, finery
parvenir - to reach, to achieve, "he's an over-achiever, a real upstart"
pas - not (ne - pas)
pas - footstep, step, footprint, "it was twenty paces away", "One giant leap"
passage - a passing, a crossing, a path, "in passing", temporary
passager - a passenger
passant - a passer by, "it was a busy street"
passant - a loop
passeport - a passport
passer - to pass, to spend time, to have taken place, the past
passionner - to thrill, to fascinate, to have a passion for something, "passion"
pâtée - mash
paternité - paternity, fatherhood, "she was the author of the book"
patient - a (hospital) patient
patienter - to wait patiently
pâtre - shephard
patrie - birth place, native country
patte - leg, paw, hand
pâture - fodder, "food for thought", to graze
pâturage - pasture
pauvre - impoverished, poor, "low in calories", poverty
pavaner - to strut about
paver - to pave, "a cobble stone", "out in the street"
pavillon - a pavilion, a lodge
pavillon - a flag
payer - to pay, to repay
pays - country, region, village, "locally made"
paysage - scenery
paysan - farmer, peasant, farming
peau - skin, pelt, hide, "she turned over a new leaf"
pêcher - to fish, "they were fishing"
pêche - peach, "he ate a banana and a peach"
péchér - to sin
pédaler - to pedal, "a pedal", "a brake pedal"
peigner - to comb
peine - trouble, "with difficulty", punishment, (prison) sentence, grief
peine - hardly, "there was barely any left"
pelle - shovel, dustpan, "money by the shovel full"
pencher - to lean, to tilt, "he was inclined to believe her", "examine the situation"
pendant - during, "meanwhile, while this was happening"
pendre - to suspend, to hang
pendule - a pendulum, a clock
pénétrer - to enter, to penetrate
pénible - difficult, tiresome, "painfully"
penser - to think, "I recall that well"
pension - a monetary allowance
pension - a boarding house, a boarding school, "a lodger"
pente - a slope, "on an angle"
percer - to pierce, to uncover
perdre - to lose, to ruin, "he managed to get rid of a bad habit"
perdition - in distress
perdrix - a partridge
père - father
périlleuse - perilous, "at your own risk"
périr - to perish
perle - a pearl, bead, "she was a real gem"
permettre - to allow, to permit
perpendiculaire - at right angles
perroquet - parrot
personnage - an important person, a character
personnalité - a personality
personne - a person, people, an adult
perspective - veiwpoint, view, perspective
persuader - to persuade, to be convinced
peser - to weigh, "she stood on the weigh scales"
pester - to curse, "he put a hex on him"
petit - small, little
peu - little, not much, a little bit
peupler - to populate, "people"
peuplier - poplar (a tree)
peur - fear, to be afraid
peut-être - perhaps, "maybe this is the road we want"
phalange - finger or toe bone
phare - headlight, lighthouse
pharmacien - a pharmacist, "drug store"
phrase - a sentence
physionomie - face
physique - physical, "she took math, chemistry, and physics"
piailler - (birds) cheeping, to squeal
piano - piano, grand piano
picoter - "made my eyes smart", "it made my legs tingle"
pièce - room, piece, patch, document
pied - foot, "the table leg", "the base of the..."
pièger - to trap, booby trap, "letter bomb"
Piémont - a province of Italy which borders on France
pierre - stone, flint, gem, "it was frozen rock hard"
piété - piety, "a pious man"
piéton - pedestrian
piloter - to pilot, "a guide", a driver
pincer - to pinch, to pluck
pioche - pickaxe, to dig (with a pick)
pipe - pipe, "she smoked a pipe"
piquer - to prick, sting, "she roused his curiosity", "the snake bit him"
pire - worse, worst
pis - worse, "from bad to worse"
pistolet - a pistol
pitié - pity
pivert - woodpecker
place - place, a room, "is this seat taken?"
placer - to put, "shall I place it here or there?"
placide - placid
plafond - ceiling
plaindre - pity, to feel sorry for
plaine - plain, "the farmer was in his fields"
plaire - to please
plaisanter - to jest, to tease, "amusing"
plaisir - pleasure, "will this please you?"
plan - a plan, a map, (geometric) plane
plan - flat
plancher - floor
planer - to glide
planter - to plant, "She planted several plants"
plat - flat, calm, smooth
plâtrer - to put into plaster, "plaster cast"
Pléiade - part of the constellation Taurus
plein - full, solid, tight
pleurer - cry, weep, mourn
pleuvoir - to rain, to rain down upon
pluie - the rain
plier - to fold, "he had a crease in his pants", to give in, "submit to their authority", an envelope
plume - a feather
plumer - to pluck
plupart - most, mostly
plus - more, the most
plusieurs - several
plutôt - rather
poche - pocket, bag, pouch
pocher - to give someone a black eye, to poach (an egg)
poème - poem, "a poet"
poids - weight, by weight, infuential
poignard - a dagger
poignarder - to stab
poigne - a grip
poignée - a handful, a handle
poignet - a wrist, a (shirt) cuff
poil - hair, fur
poing - fist, punch
point - a dot, a question mark, a point of view, a viewing point, in focus ,a clarification
pointe - a tip, a spike, "the latest technology", on the point of doing...
pointer - to tick off
pointer - to point (towards)
pointer - to clock in
pointer - to appear
pointu - pointed, shrill
poitrine - chest, breast, bosom
poli - polite
poli - polished, shiny
police - the police, to maintain order, "detective novel"
police - insurance policy
polichenelle - open secret
politique - political, "policy"
pomme - apple
pompier - fireman
ponctuer - to punctuate, "punctuation"
pont - bridge, deck, ramp
ponter - to lay a (boat) deck, "the laying of eggs", "an egg"
ponter - to punt, to bet
populaire - popular, "folk music"
population - population
port - a harbour, "to arrive safe and sound"
portant - in good health
porte - door, doorway, gate
portefeuille - a wallet
porter - to carry, to wear, to feel healthy, "his words held weight"
portrait - a portrait, "she's the splitting image of her mother"
Portugal - Portugal (the country next to Spain), "portugese"
poser - to put, "he put it on the table", "he asked him a question"
positif - positive, "I'm quite sure"
position - a position
posséder - to possess
possible - possible
poster - to post someone to a position, "army post", "police station"
posture - posture
pot-au-feu - beef stew
poterie - pottery
poumon - a lung, "breath deeply"
poupe - the stern
poupée - a doll
pour - for, "this is for you", "for or against"
pourboire - tip, "she left the waiter a large tip"
pourquoi - why, "give me a reason"
pourrir - to rot, to corrupt
poursuivre - to chase, to pursure, to prosecute, to continue
pourtant - nevertheless, yet
pourvu-que - "providing that", "I just hope"
pousser - to push, pursue
poussière - dust, haze, "dusty road", "a little more than..."
poussin - a chick (baby chicken)
poussinière - chicken coop
pouvoir - to be able, "she can do it"
prairie - meadow, prairie
pratique - practical, in practise
précaution - precaution, caution
précéder - to precede, "a precedent", "it had happened before"
précieux - precious
précipiter - to throw, to hurl, "it was done hastily"
précis - accurate, "at two o'clock sharp"
prédire - to predict
préférer - to prefer, "his favourite", "she got preferential treatment"
préfet - prefet, "chief administrator", prefecture, "headquarters"
préjugé - prejudice
premier - first, early, front
prendre - to take, catch, get
préparer - to prepare, "he studied hard"
près - close, nearly, "she is almost two"
présager - to predict, "a foreboding"
presbytère - presbytery (a church district)
présence - presence, "right now", "she put in an appearance", "who is present?"
présent - a gift
présenter - to present, "he was introduced to her"
président - a president
présider - to preside over, to direct
presque - almost, nearly, "it hardly ever happens"
presser - to press, to squeeze, "he was pressed for time"
prestance - an imposing presence
prestige - prestige, "prestigious"
prête - ready, ready-to-wear clothes
prétendre - to claim, "he intended to do it", "to lay claim to..."
prêter - to lend, to give
prétexte - an excuse, "she plead innocent"
prêtre - a priest
preuve - evidence, proof
prévenir - to warn, tell, inform
prévoir - to foresee, to plan, "the meal was provided at the appointed time", a forecast
prier - to pray, to request, to beg, "please, thankyou, don't mention it"
primer - to excel, to prevail over, "prize-winning"
princesse - a princess
principal - main, chief, principal
principe - principle, a theory
printemps - spring, "after winter comes spring"
prison - jail, prison, "they were prisoners"
privé - private
priver - to deprive, "deprivation", hardship
privilège - privilege
prix - price, cost
probable - probable
probe - honest, "an upright person"
procéder - to proceed, to behave (a certain way)
procès-verbal - the minutes of a meeting, "a speeding ticket"
prochain - next, near, very soon
proche - near by, close
proclamer - to declare
producteur - a producer, "productive", a production
produire - to produce, to bring about, "a product"
professionel - professional, vocational, "he was a doctor by profession"
profit - profit, advantage, to benefit
profiter - to take advantage of, to profit from
profond - deep, great, profound, "soundly asleep", depth
profusion - profusion, "there was a profusion of flowers at the show"
programme - program, curriculum, "he watched the TV show"
proie - prey, "the hunter's prey", to be tortured by
projet - plan, project, "it was the first draft"
prolonger - to prolong, to continue, "extension cord"
promener - to take a walk, "the promenade deck"
promettre - to promise
prompt - quick
prononcer - to pronounce, to utter, "they passed sentence", "they came out in favour of it"
prophétie - a prophecy, "to foretell"
proportion - ratio, "it was badly out of proportion"
propos - remarks, brief words
proposer - to suggest, to offer, "a proposal"
propre - clean, decent
propre - (your) own, well suited, "proper noun", "literal meaning"
propriété - ownership, "his own property"
propriété - a quality of something, "a chemical property"
propriété - suitability, "choose the right word"
protéger - to patronize, to protect oneself
protégé - a protégé (a person who is helped by someone else)
prouver - to prove
Provence - important south east region of France
provenir - to originate at, to come from
provision - supply, provisions, "advance payment", "the cheque bounced due to lack of funds"
provoquer - to bring about, provoke, "he aroused the sleeping giant"
prudent - cautious, carefull, sensible
Prussien - person from Prussia, (north east germany)
public - the public
puis - then, "so what now?"
puisque - since, "as we can see..."
puissant - powerfull
punch - punch (a drink), punch (with zest)
pupitre - desk, "music stand"
pur - pure, "he drank his rye neat"
quai - a boat quay, a railway platform, a river embankment
qualité - (high) quality, status, occupation
quand - when, "when will we go?"
quant - as for, "as for me..."
quarante - forty, 40
quart - a quarter
quartier - a district, "the latin quarter", living places
quartier - a segment, "a slice of apple"
quatre - four, 4
que - that, "I think (that) she will come", (ne que) only, "only one dollar", than, "older than you", how, "how dumb can you get?", what, which, when
quel - what, which, (who)
quelconque - any
quelconque - ordinary, banal
quelque - some, a few
quelquefois - sometimes
quereller - to quarrel
question - question, a matter of principal, "to question"
qui - who, which, that
quinze - fifteen, 15
quinzaine - about fifteen, "two weeks"
quitter - to leave, to take off, to part
quoi - what, which, "what were you thinking"
quoique - although
race - an ethnic group, a breed of animal, "thoroughbred", "racist"
raconter - to tell, "she related her story"
rade - a harbour, "to be stranded"
radieux - radiant
radiophonique - radio (program)
raffiner - to refine, "a refinery"
rafraîchir - to refresh, to chill, "she freshened up", refreshments
rager - rage, fume
raid - a (military) raid
raideur - stiffness, steepness, "to stiffen", "to tighten"
raison - reason, "that was why it happened"
râler - to groan
ralentir - to slow down, "idling"
rallier - to rejoin, "rally round the flag"
ramasser - to gather up, "he curled up to sleep", "they huddled together"
ramener - to bring back, "peace was restored", "he arrived"
rang - a row, "the third row", a (military) rank
ranger - to tidy up, to arrange, to put in order, "neatly lined up", "all in a row", "military rank"
rapide - fast, rapid, "the express train"
rappel - a reminder, "(medical) booster shots", to recall, "he was recalled from his post", "please call back", "I recall that well"
rapport - connection, link, "they had a personal relationship"
rapporter - to report, "he repeated the details"
rapporter - to take back, to retrieve, to repeat, "he repeated his story"
rapprocher - to bring closer together, to compare, "a reconciliation", a comparison
rare - scarce, seldom, rare
raser - to shave, to skim over, to knock down
rasant - boring
rassembler - to assemble, "he summoned the courage"
rasseoir - to sit down again
rassurer - to reassure, "it was comforting to know"
râteau - a rake, "garden rake", "Orions belt (part of a constellation)"
rattraper - to catch, to recapture, to catch up with, to make up for
ravi - delighted, "to delight", lovely
ravin - gully, ravine
ravir - to snatch
rayer - to scratch, to cross out, "lined paper"
rayon - ray, spoke, X-ray, "it was within a small radius"
réaliser - to carry out, "the project was realised but at great expense"
réalité - reality, "in actual fact..."
recevoir - to receive, "he got it from a friend"
reçu - accepted, conventional, "receipt"
réchapper - to survive through something
réchauffer - to warm up, "a rise in temperature"
recherché - much sought after
réciter - to recite, "musical recital", "he told a tale"
réclamer - to demand, "they called for his resignation"
recommander - to recommend, "a (strong) suggestion", to provide oneself as a reference, "a commendation", commendable
recommander - to record, "registered mail"
recommencer - to restart, "he began at the beginning again"
récompenser - to reward, "an award"
reconnaissant - grateful, thankful, with gratitude
reconnaître - to recognize, to acknowledge, to look around, "they reconnoitred the situation"
recourir - to resort to, "a recourse"
recouvre - to recover, "the stolen goods were recovered"
recueillir - to collect, gather, win
reculer - to retreat, to step back, "in decline", "postponed", a backwards motion
redescender - to go or come or take back down
redevenir - to become again
redire - to repeat, "that's what he always says"
redire - to find fault with someone
redoubler - to increase, "it became more difficult", "he landed blow after blow"
redoublant - a pupil repeating a grade
redouter - to dread, "it was formidable"
réduire - to reduce, to amount to something, "to be limited", small-scale
réduit - a cubbyhole, a hideout
réel - to be real, "reality", in truth
refaire - to redo
refermer - to (re)close
réfléchir - to reflect, "she was thinking it over"
refléter - to reflect, "it glinted in the light"
réflexe - reflex
reformer - to re-form, "they fell back into line"
réforme - reform, to reform, "he mended his ways"
réforme - discharge, "discharged from the army"
refuge - refuge, "they were refugees", "they took refuge from the storm"
refuser - to refuse, "self denial"
regagner - to regain
régaler - to regale someone (usually with a good meal), "a treat"
regarder - to look at, to look around, stare
regard - to compare, "in regards to this matter..."
regard - concern, "take care with your money"
régent - (prince) regent
régie - state owned company
régiment - a military unit, to be called up, "a large quantity"
région - an area, "regional"
régisseur - a steward, a stage manager
règle - a rule, a principal, "in an orderly arrangement"
règle - a ruler, a measuring stick
règle - a women's period
régler - to settle, to regulate, "the issue was settled", "he tuned the radio"
régner - to reign, "law and order"
regretter - to regret, "We miss you terribly.", "it is with regret..."
régulier - regular, legal, "normally", "steadiness"
rein - kidney
reine - queen
rejeter - to reject, to throw back, to vomit
rejoindre - to rejoin, "they got back together", "let's meet at the pub"
réjouir - to delight
relâcher - to slacken, to slack off, "lax"
relater - to tell a story
relation - acquaintance, "international relations"
relever - to raise, pick up, "he made a note of it", "he got up out of bed"
religieux - religious, "he had faith"
relire - to reread
reluire - to shine, gleam, "the silverware needs a good shine"
remarquer - to remark upon, "he pointed it out", "make of note of it", remarkably
remèdier - to remedy, "a cure"
remercier - to thank
remercier - to dismiss
remettre - to put back, replace, "she put the costume back on"
rémission - a remission, "not relentlessly"
remonter - to come back up, to go back up, "he returned on the bus", "Those are ski-lifts"
remords - remorse
remplacer - to replace
remplir - to fill (in, up, out)
remuer - to move, "she tossed the salad", fidget
remue-ménage - commotion
Renault - a french car manufacturer
rencontre - a meeting, "they encountered the enemy", (sports) match
rendez-vous - appointment, "they went on a date", meeting place
rendormir - to go back to sleep
rendre - to render, to give back, to pay homage, to make more of, "make yourself useful"
renfermer - to contain, to withdraw into oneself, "stuffy old room"
renfort - reinforcements
renoncer - to renounce, to abandon
renouveau - a revival
renouveler - to renew, to repeat, "renewable"
renseigner - to inform, to inquire, "information"
rentrer - to return, to go and come back, "they went back to school"
renverse - backwards, to go backwards, to knock over, "they overthrew the government"
renvoyer - to return, to expel, to postpone, "he was refered to another doctor", "reference book", "he burped"
répandre - to spill, to spread, to give off
répandu - widespread, scattered, "it was a widespred opinion"
reparaître - to reappear
réparer - to restore, "a refreshing day", "make ammends"
repartir - to go back, to start again, "they restarted their journey"
répartition - a sharing, a division, "to distribute"
repas - meal
répéter - to repeat, "they rehearsed"
repli - fold, "he drew back the sheets and climbed into bed"
replier - to withdraw
replonger - to dive back into, to dip back, plunged into again, "he went back to his reading"
répondre - to answer, to reply, to respond
reporter - to postpone, to think back, "let me transfer your call"
repos - rest, peace, at ease, "he was relaxing"
repousser - to repulse, to push back, to postpone, "repulsive", to regrow
reprendre - to take back, "he resumed his previous job"
représenter - to represent, to perform, to imagine
réprimande - reprimand, to reprimand
repriser - to mend, "he darned his socks", recapture, resumption, repeat, "they took back the merchandise"
reprocher - to blame, "beyond reproach"
reproduire - to make a copy, to happen again, "reproduction"
république - republic, "republican"
réputation - a reputation
réseau - network
réserver - to reserve, to keep, "she saved her money"
résident - a (foreign) resident
résigner - to be resigned to something, "his resignation was accepted"
résistance - a resistance, an electrical resistor, "the main course of a meal", to resist, to withstand, "tough"
résolu - resolute, determined, "he made a decision, and planned on keeping it"
résoudre - to resolve, to solve, to decide
respecter - to respect, "self-respect", respectable, "give my regards"
respirer - to breath
resplender - to shine, to glow, to be radiant
ressembler - to look like something else
ressentir - to feel the effects of something
ressource - the resources, the means, "as a last resort"
restaurant - a restaurant
rester - to stay, remain, keep, "it was left behind"
restituer - to restore, to reproduce, "energy was released"
restreindre - to restrict, "he cut down on his drinking"
résultats - result, outcome
rétablir - to re-establish, to reinstate, "her health was restored"
retarder - to delay, "to be backwards"
retenir - to retain, "she made a reservation", "they held back the deductable", to detain
retentir - to ring, "the bells rang out", "it was resounding"
retirer - to withdraw, to take away, to retire (for the night), "withdrawn", "secluded"
retomber - to (re)fall, "the plane landed", to hang down
retour - return, "she had a flashback"
retourner - to turn around
retraite - retire, retreat, refuge, retirement, "senior citizen"
retrouver - to find again
rétroviseur - a rear view mirror
réunion - a meeting, a gathering, "they collected together"
réussir - to be successful, "he passed the exam"
revanche - revenge, "they played a return match"
réveiller - to wake up, awaken
révélateur - revealing, indicative of, "it was revealed today that..."
revenir - to come back, to return
rêver - to dream, an ideal, "ideal situation"
révérer - to revere, "reverence", a bow or curtsy
revêtir - to cover, "assume a character", "a surface"
revoir - to see again, "he revised the manuscript"
révolter - to revolt
révolution - a revolution
revolver - gun, revolver
révoquer - to dismiss, "revoke the contract"
rez-de-chaussée - ground floor
rhabiller - to get dressed again
ricaner - to giggle, "they sniggered"
riches - riches, wealth
ricocher - to rebound, "a ricochet"
rideau - curtain, shutter
ridicule - ludicrous, "they ridiculed him"
rien - nothing, "he doesn't know anything"
rigueur - rigour, strictness, "the rules", "harsh"
riposter - to retort, "a counter-attack"
rire - to laugh, to have a good time, to joke
risque - a risk, a hazard, "they ventured forth to see the world"
rituel - ritual, "Read him his last rites"
rivage - the shore
rivé - riveted
rivière - river
robe - a robe, a gown, "maternity dress"
robuste - robust
rôder - to get the hang of something, "the horse was broken in"
roi - king
rôle - a role, "your turn now"
romanesque - romantic, fantastic
ronces - brambles
rond - round, plump, straight, tight, "a round (a dance)", "police beat"
ronfler - to snore, to hum, "it was a rouring fire"
ronger - to gnaw, to eat away at
rose - a flower, "rose coloured"
rossignol - nightingale
rouge - red, "to turn red"
rouiller - to rust
roulant - moving, rolling, "it rolled away", "he wheeled it along", rotation, travelling, "a drum roll"
roussir - to scorch, singe, "a freckle"
route - road, "go that way"
rouvrir - to reopen
roux - ginger colour, "redhead"
royaume - kingdom, "monarchy"
ruban - a ribbon, "a band of tape"
rude - crude, rough, "treated harshly"
rue - a street
ruiner - to ruin, "in ruins", "ruinously expensive"
ruisseau - a stream, a gutter, "the wind streamed through her hair"
rumeur - murmur, clamour, rumour
ruminer - to ponder
rupture - a breaking, a split
rural - rural, "country side"
ruser - to trick, "a ruse"
Russie - Russia, "Russian", (U.S.S.R.)
rythme - rhythm, rate, pace, tempo
sable - sand, "an hourglass"
sabot - a hoof, a shoe, a clog
sabre - sword
sac - bag, handbag, packsack
saccadé - jolt, jerkily
sacrebleu - "Really!"
sacristain - sexton (church official)
sage - wise, well behaved, moderate
saigner - to bleed, "rare steak", "a blood letting"
saint - saint, saintly, holy
saisir - to grab, seize, understand, grasp, "he was seized by fear", "striking emotional shock"
saison - season, "it was the winter season"
sale - dirty
salle - a room, a hall, "dim the house lights", "the audience"
salon - a lounge
saluer - to greet, to take ones leave, "Hello", "bye now"
salut - a (military) salute
sang - blood, "they were of the same flesh and blood", "hot blooded", blood-thirsty, "it was a bloody attack", scathing
sangloter - to sob
sans - without
santé - health, "cheers", "she was not well"
Sarrasin - an ancient name for the Arabs
satin - satin, "silky"
satisfaire - to fulfil, "satisfaction"
Saturne - one of the planets
saucisse - sausage, cold sausage
sauf - except
sauter - to jump, to leap
sauvage - savage, wild, unsociable, "she was quite shy"
sauver - to save, to rescue, to save oneself, "he fled and saved his own skin"
savant - a scientist, "clever", scholarly, "skillfully"
savoir - to know, "he heard the latest news"
savon - soap, bar of soap, "he gave him a dressing down"
scandale - a scandal, "shocking"
sceller - to seal (up), to cement
scène - a scene, "the opening act", "scene of the crime", "cause a commotion"
sceptre - scepter
scier - to saw
scintiller - to sparkle, "the stars twinkled"
scorpion - a scorpian, "Scorpio (astrology)"
se - himself, herself, itself, "he said to himself"
sec - dry, harsh, "hard hearted", "sharp blow"
sécher - to dry, "she dried off", "he came up dry, he was stumped"
second - second, "second hand clothes", "second gear"
seconde - a second, "just a second"
secouer - to shake, "he shook him off his trail"
secousse - a jolt, a tremor
secret - a secret, secrecy
section - section, "that part of the trip was nice"
séculaire - traditional, "age-old"
sécurité - security, safety, "to reassure"
séduction - attraction, "she was charming"
seigneur - a lord, "lord of the manor", the Lord
sein - a breast, bosom
Seine - a river
Seine-Inférieure - a river
sélect - select
selon - according to..., "well that depends"
semaine - week
semblant - to pretend
sembler - to seem, "he seems to be rather old"
semer - strewn, "the seeds were strewn across the field", to sow, some seeds, to shake off
sénat - the senate, "a senator"
sens - meaning, "common sense", direction, "anti-clockwise"
sensible - perceptible, sensitive, "more or less", to cause someone to be aware
sentier - path
sentinelle - a sentry
sensation - a feeling, a sensation, "quite sensational"
sentir - to feel, to smell, to taste
séparer - to separate, to part, "a division"
sept - seven, 7
septembre - September
serein - serene
sergent - a sergeant
série - a series, "string of disasters", "assembly line"
sérieux - serious, reliable
sermonner - to lecture
serpenter - to meander
serré - tight, "they were packed close together", to press
serrure - a lock
service - a service, a favour, a duty, "the service department"
serviette - a towel
servir - to serve, to be useful
seuil - doorstep, "on the threshold"
seulement - only, "without even trying", "he was alone"
sève - tree sap
sévérité - severity, "strict"
sexe - sex
shako - a tall tapering military hat
si - if, "I wonder whether she will come"
si - so, such
si - yes, "That's not right. Yes. (it is right)"
siège - a seat, the seat (of authority), "headquarters", to sit
siège - a siege, "the army layed siege to the castle"
sifflement - whistling, hissing, booing
signal - signal, "the road signs", to point out, to indicate
signature - signature, "she signed the cheque", "the sign of the cross"
signe - a sign, an indication, a gesture
signifier - to signify, "a meaning", "indicative"
silence - silence, rest, "it was silent", "the car's muffler broke"
silhouette - outline, silhouette, figure
sillon - a furrow
simplement - simply, "simple", "only once"
sincère - sincere
singulier - peculiar, singular
sinistre - to be sinister, a disaster, "disaster-stricken"
sire - Sire, "yes m'lord?"
Sirius - a star
sitôt - as soon as
situé - situated, "it was situated by the river"
six - six, 6
société - a society, a company, "Jones & Jones Ltd."
soeur - sister, nun
sofa - a couch
soi - oneself, "its every man for himself"
soi-disant - "so called", supposedly
soigner - to take good care (of)
soin - care, tidyness, neatness
soir - evening
soit - "either this or that"
soixante - sixty, 60, "about 60"
sol - the ground
soldat - soldier
solde - a monetary balance, a sale price, a clearence sale
solde - a payment, "to be in someone's pay"
solder - to sell off, to pay off, to end up in
solderie - a disocunt shop
soleil - sun, sunshine, "its a sunny day"
solennel - solemn
solide - solid, robust
solitude - solitude, "he was a loner"
soluble - solvable, "she solved the problem"
solution - a solution, "he dissolved the sugar"
sombre - gloomy, sombre, dark
somme - sum, to add up
sommeil - sleep, a nap
sommer - to summon
son - a sound, noise
son - his, hers, its, "one's own family"
songer - to dream, to think, "he considered it", "she dreamed of the future"
sonner - to ring, to sound, "he rung the bell"
sonnaille - (animal) bell, "cow bell"
sonore - loud
sorcellerie - witchcraft
sorcier - a sorcerer, a witch
Sorgue - a river near Avignon in south France
sort - fate, "her lot in life", "he was under the evil witch's spell"
sorte - a sort, "what kind would you like?", "do it this way", "see that it gets done"
sortie - departure, exit, "he released it"
sou - a low value type of coin, "every penny counts"
soucier - to worry, "a concern"
soudain - sudden
souder - to solder, to weld, "closely knit"
souffler - to blow, puff, breathing, "he had to get his breath back"
soufflet - a bellows, a slap
souffrance - unclaimed
souffrir - to suffer
souhait - a wish, "we hope to do it"
soûler - to make drunk, to get drunk, "to be drunk"
soulagement - relief
soulever - to raise, to lift, "the crowd was aroused", "an uprising"
soumettre - to subdue, to be subdued, "submissive", "a submission"
soupçon - suspicion
soupière - a serving bowl, a tureen
souper - supper, to have supper
soupirer - to sigh
souplesse - flexibility
source - a spring (of water), "spring water"
source - a source, "an authorative statement"
sourd - deaf to, muted, silent, "he was oblivious of the noise", "it was a secret"
sourire - smile, cheerfully, "she took delight in living"
sournoisement - slyly
sous - under, "she put it beneath the table", "he was her undersecretary"
soussol - basement
soutane - cassock (priest's clothing)
soutenir - to hold up, to maintain, "support", "the breadwinner"
souterrain - underground
souvenir - memory, recollection, "he bought a memento"
souvent - often
spécifique - specific
spectacle - a sight, "he made a spectacle of himself"
spectateur - a spectator, audience
sphinx - a mythical enigmatic creature
spirituel - witty, "in high spirits", religious, spiritual
splendeur - splendour, "a splendid sight"
spot - a spotlight
spot - a TV or radio commercial
square - a public garden
squelette - a skeleton
station - station
statue - a statue
stature - a level of achievement, a person's height
steamer - a steamer (boat)
stériliser - to sterilise, "sterile"
Stockholm - Capital of Sweden
strict - strict
stupéfait - astounded, "in a stupor", to amaze, "drug induced stupor"
stupide - stupid
suaire - a shroud
subalterne - a subordinate
subit - sudden, "it happened quite suddenly"
sublime - sublime
sublimir - to sublimate
subordonner - to subordinate
substituer - to substitute
subtil - subtle
succéder - to follow on after another, "in succession"
successeur - a person who comes next
succès - success, "a best seller"
sucer - to suck
sucrer - to sweeten, "sugar lump"
Suède - Sweden, "Swedish"
sueur - sweat, "hot and sweaty", "he got on my nerves", "we were bored"
suffire - to be enough, to suffice
suffocation - suffocation, "he was choking"
suicider - to commit suicide, "a suicide", "suicidal"
Suisse - Switzerland, "he was a swiss"
suite - the rest, continuation, sequel, series, sequence, effects
suite - retinue, "the king's men"
suivre - to follow, accompany, "the doctor attended to him"
sujet - subject to, liable, "offer subject to applicable laws"
superbe - superb
supérieur - upper, superior, higher, above
superposer - to superimpose, to pile up
superstition - a superstition
supplément - a supplemental charge, something extra, "additional"
supplice - torture
supporter - to bear, to endure, to suffer
supposer - to suppose, to assume, to imply
suprême - supreme
sur - on, upon, "it was about 3 o'clock"
sûr - sure, certain, "it was reliable evidence"
sûreté - safety, security
surexcité - overexcited
surface - a surface, an area
surgir - to appear suddenly, "he popped into view"
surhumain - superhuman
sur-le-champ - immediately
surmonter - to surmount, to be on top, to overcome
surnaturel - supernatural
surplus - surplus
surpris - surprised, "a surprise", to discover (a secret)
sursaut - a start, a sudden jump, "he burst off the starting line"
surtout - especially, "above all else..."
surveillance - surveillance, "watch your language"
survivant - a survivor, "to survive", survival
susceptible - to be touchy on a subject
susceptible - to be able or likely to do something
suspect - a suspect, suspicious, "to suspect", "I doubt it"
suspendre - to hang, to suspend, "suspension bridge", "they were interupted"
svelte - slender
symptôme - symptom
système - a system, "systematic", "resourceful", "support unconditionally"
table - table
tache - a spot, mark, stain
tâcher - to endeavor to do, "he was assigned a job", "the task at hand"
taciturne - taciturn, not given to speaking
taille - a height, a size, "measurement of the waist"
tailler - to cut, to trim, to clear off, "to be cut out for a job"
taire - to silence, to keep quiet (about), "shut up"
talent - a talent, "talented"
tambour - a drum, a drummer
tam-tam - tom-tom, "Most drummers own a set of tom-toms"
tandis-que - while, "while this was happening...", "whereas mine was red, his was blue"
tanière - den, lair
tanin - tannic acid, tannin
tant - so much, so many, "I have done this so often"
tante - aunt, "my aunt and uncle"
tantôt - sometimes, "this afternoon"
tapageur - rowdy, "a din"
taper - to hit, to slap, "banged it down on the table", to beat down, "at twelve sharp", "she hit me up for a loan"
tapir - to crouch
tapis - carpet, bathmat
tapisser - to (put up) wallpaper, "tapestry", wallpaper
tard - late, later on, "it was a long time coming"
taux - a rate, "her blood alcohol level"
teindre - to dye, "she dyed her hair blond"
télégramme - a telegram
télégraphe - telegraph
tellement - so, such, "it took so long", "it was so big", "not much", "such a fuss", "she shows such interest"
témoin - witness, "she was an eye witness", "her testimony"
tempête - a storm, "a blizzard"
temple - church
temps - time, a tense, "he was at that stage in his development"
tendon - sinew, tendon
tendre - to strain, to tense, to stretch, "they hung up the tapestry"
tendre - to tend towards... "she tended to do it this way"
tendresse - tenderness, affection, "she was tender", delicate, "tend to his wounds"
ténèbres - darkness, gloom, "mysterious"
tenir - to hold, "he kept his promise"
tenter - to try, to attempt, to tempt, "they tried to get her to do it"
tenture - a drape
terme - a term, an expression, a time-limit, "the terms of the agreement"
terrain - the terrain, a piece of ground
terre - earth, "he stood on solid ground"
terrible - terrible, terror, "he had great fear of it"
terrier - burrow, rabbit hole, "a dog that catches rabbits"
territoire - territory
terroir - soil, "rural"
tête - head, face, brain, top
théâtre - a theatre, "the scene of the crime"
théorie - a theory, in theory, "a theoretician"
ticket - ticket, "she had her train ticket"
tiédir - to cool down or to warm up, "tepid", half-hearted
tiers - third
tigre - tiger
tillac - the upper deck (of a boat)
tilleul - lime, a linden tree
tinter - to ring, "the bell tolled"
tirailler - to pull off, torn, "they pestered each other", "torn between"
tirer - to pull, "he reached a conclusion", to shoot, to draw out, "she opened the draw"
tirage - printing, "the paper was in circulation"
tireur - gunman, shooter, marksman
tireuse - fortune teller
tison - ember
titre - a title, a qualification, a headline
tocsin - an alarm bell
toi - you
toile - a (boat) canvas, cloth, a (picture) canvas, a painting
toilette - the act of washing (and then dressing), toiletries, a toilet
toiser - to eye (scornfully), to estimate
toit - roof
tombe - grave, tomb, tombstone
tomber - to fall, to drop
ton - your, "she was your mother"
tons - tone, pitch, "tone of voice", "dial tone", "what key is this music in?"
tonner - to thunder, "the cannons roared", "he raged against us", thunderclap
torchère - a chandelier
torchon - a dish towel, a duster, "to wipe"
tort - wrong, fault, "you shouldn't do that!"
tortueux - tortuous
tortue - torture
tôt - early, as soon as
totaliser - to add up, to total, "a total", "completely", "an adding machine"
toucher - to touch, to draw, to cash, to hit, "It was a touching movie"
toujours - always, "she is still your mother"
tour - tower, high-rise, castle
tour - a turn, a trip, a tour, a measurement, a trick
tour - a lathe, a potters wheel
tourelle - turret
tourmenter - to torment, "I worry myself to death"
tourner - to turn, "the world revolves"
tourterelle - turtledove, "those birds are turtledoves"
tousser - to cough
tout - all
tracasser - to worry, "a worry", "annoyances"
trace - a trace, a mark, "his footprints", "on the trail of the fugitive"
tracer - to trace, to draw, "he opened up a trail"
tracé - a plan, "the layout of the buildings", a line
traction - traction, "front wheel drive"
tragique - tragic, "a tragedy"
trahir - to betray, "he failed us all", "he gave himself away"
trahison - treason
train - train, locomotive
train - to be busy doing something, "let's get this started"
train - in top form, "she's in very good physical condition"
traîner - to drag, to linger, "he a southern drawl", "he hung behind the rest"
trait - a feature, a trait, a line
trait - a draught horse
traite - milking, "she did it all in one go", slave trade
traiter - to deal with a problem, "the doctor treated him", "he was called coward", "the deal was settled"
traître - a traitor, treacherous
traîtrise - treachery
trajet - a journey, distance, a route
tramer - to hatch a plot
trancher - to decide, "he settled the question"
transparent - transparent, "it showed through the cover"
tranquille - quiet, calm, "all was still"
transformer - to change, to convert, "a transformation"
transport - transport, transportation
trappe - trapdoor
travail - work, employment, a job, "to work", "hard-working"
travers - through, across, askew, "a short coming", a fault
trébucher - to stumble, to trip (someone) up, "staggering"
trembler - to tremble, "wavering", "shaky"
tremper - to soak, to drench, to be involved, to take a dip
tremplin - a springboard
trente - thirty, 30
trentaine - about thirty
très - very, much
trésor - a treasure, public money, "a treasury"
tressaillir - to quiver, to wince, to startle, "a vibration"
tribunal - a court (of law)
tribut - a tribute, "to pay tribute to"
tricher - to cheat, "trickery", "a cheater"
trictrac - backgammon (the board game)
trimestre - a quarter, a school term, "quarterly"
Trinité - "father, son, and holy ghost"
triompher - to triumph, to overcome, "a victory", "triumphant"
tripes - guts, "blood and guts"
tripler - to triple, to make three times as much
triste - sad, gloomy, "dreariness"
trois - three, 3, third
tromper - to cheat, to deceive, to be mistaken, "misleading"
tronc - a (tree) trunk
tronc - a collection box
tronçon - a section, "to cut into sections"
trône - a throne, "enthroned"
trop - too, too much, too many
trophée - a trophy
tropical - tropical, "the tropics"
trotter - to trot
trottoir - pavement, sidewalk
trou - a hole, a gap, "to make a hole", to cut through
troubler - to disturb, to agitate, to upset, to trouble
troupe - a troop, a group, "the troops"
troupeau - a herd, a flock
troupier - a trooper, a private, a member of a troupe
trousseau - a bunch
trouver - to find
truite - a trout (a type of fish)
tuer - to kill, to wear out, to be killed, "a killer"
tuile - a tile
tuile - some bad luck
tulipe - a tulip (a type of flower)
tumulte - a commotion, a turmoil, "turbulent"
tunique - a tunic
tuteur - a guardian
tutoyer - to use "tu" instead of "vous"
tuyau - a pipe, a flue, a (car's) exhaust pipe, "piping"
tyran - a tyrant, "to tyranize", "tyrannical"
ultérieur - later
un - one, an, a
uniforme - to be uniform, a uniform, "to standardize"
unir - to unite, to combine, to be joined together, "a union", an association
unité - a unit, unity, "(price) per unit"
urbain - urban, "city (life)"
urgent - urgent, "an emergency"
user - to wear out, to use up, "general wear and tear"
usurier - usurer (a person who lends money at very high interest rates), usury (the interest)
usurper - to usurp
utiliser - to use, "usable", "usefull", "a user"
vacances - the holidays, a vacation
vache - a cow
vacherie - nastiness
vague - vague, "a vacant gaze", "vaguely,"
vaincre - to defeat, "victorious", "the victor", "the vanquished"
vaisseau - a vessel, a ship, "a blood vessel"
vaisselle - crockery, "to wash the dishes"
valable - valid, "really good"
valet - a male servant, a farm hand, "the jack of clubs"
vallée - a valley
valoir - to be worth (some amount), to be as good as, to have a certain quality
valser - to waltz
vapeur - a haze, steam, "misty", translucent
varices - varicose veins
vase - a vase, a bowl, "to be hidden away"
vase - mud, silt
vaudeville - a comedy
véhémence - vehemence, "opposed"
véhicule - a vehicle, "to convey"
veille - the day before, "Christmass Eve"
veiller - to stay awake, to be watchful, to get together for an evening
velours - velvet
vendetta - a vendetta
vendre - to sell
vendredi - Friday
vénérable - venerable
venger - to avenge, revenge, "with a vengeance"
venir - to come
Venise - the town with canals in north east Italy
vénitien - from Venice
vent - wind, "gusty", "trendy"
vente - the action or place of selling, an auction, the price
ventre - the stomach, "potbellied"
verdoyant - verdant, green, "green growing shrubbery"
vérité - truth, "genuine"
vermeil - bright red
verre - glass, a glass (of), "glassware"
vers - toward(s), around, about
verser - to pour, to tip over, "a spout", "to pay", a payment
verset - a verse (of a song)
vert - green (the colour), unripe
verveine - a fragrant plant
vestibule - an entrance hall
veston - a jacket
vêtement - an article of clothing, a garment, "sportswear"
vêtir - to dress, "to be dressed (in)"
veuf - widowed, a widower, a widow
vexer - to hurt, to get upset, "humiliation"
viande - meat
vibrer - to thrill, to vibrate, "resonant music", "an emotional scene"
vice - a vice, a defect
vicomte - a viscount (a nobleman)
victoire - a victory
vide - empty, a void
vider - to empty, to vacate, "exhausted", "a bar bouncer"
vierge - virgin, unused, "Virgo", "blank film"
vieux - old, old fashioned, antiquated
vieillir - to grow old, to age
vif - lively, quick witted, a bright colour, vivid
vigilant - vigilant
vigne - a vine, "a vineyard"
vigoureux - sturdy, vigourous
vil - vile, cheap
villa - a standalone house
ville - a town, a city
village - a village, "a villager"
vin - wine
vingt - twenty, 20, "20th"
vingtaine - about twenty
violent - violent, drastic, "violence"
violet - the colour violet, a type of flower
virginité - virginity
visage - a face
vis-à-vis - compared to, "an opposite view"
visible - visible
vision - vision, eyesight
visiter - to visit, to inspect, "a visit", "a visitor"
vite - quickly, fast, soon
viticulteur - a wine grower, "relating to the making of wine"
vitrine - a window, a display
vivre - to live, to live with, to be alive
vocaliser - to vocalize, to practise singing
vociférer - to shout angrily, "vociferous"
voeu - a vow, a wish
voguer - to sail, to drift
voici - here is, this is, now, the time between now and then
voie - a road, a track, a way
voilà - "so there you go!", "here it is"
voile - (m) a veil, "she wore a veil", "clouded over", dull, hazy
voile - (f) a sail, sailing
voiler - to buckle
voir - to see, to show
voisine - neighbouring, next, similar
voiture - a car, a (railroad) carriage
voix - voice, "one man, one vote"
vol - a flight, a flock
volcan - a volcano, "volcanic activity"
voler - to fly, to rush, "flying"
voler - to steal
volet - a (window) shutter
volonté - a wish, free will, willpower
volontaire - voluntary, a volunteer
volume - a volume, "bulky"
votre - your, that which is yours
vouloir - to want, to wish, "required", deliberate
vous - you
voûte - an arch, a vault
voyage - a trip, "to travel"
voyageur - a passenger
voyant - loud, gawdy, "a warning light"
vrai - real, genuine, "the truth", "plausible"
V.S.O.P. - abreviation of "very superior old pale"
vue - a sight, a view, eye sight, to be in mind
y - there (ie. "it exists", a place, or a time), it (ie. "she spoke of it"), a person (ie. "I spoke to him")
yole - a skiff (a small boat)
Yougoslavie - Yugoslavia (country across from Italy), "a Yugoslav"
zèle - zeal, "overly zealous"