Dictionary (copyright N.I. Software 1993)

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

- 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

- 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"

- 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"

- 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"