Language Resources ❯  Languages ❯  Vocabulary ❯  French words used in English

French words used in English

Using French words while talking in English is not new. French has been a part of English language for a very long time now. Learn these and add them to your vocabulary.

25 Jul 2021
French words used in English

There are many words that are used in English language whose origin is French. French words in English are mostly in written format. In spoken English, there are very few French words that are used by English speakers. Most of the English words with French roots are morphed, from changing their spellings, to changing their pronunciations. Here are some of the French words and phrases that you have already seen… in English.

Common French words used in English 

Cliche An overused idea or expression.
Debacle Failure
Faux False, imitation or not real.
Genre A kind, type or category.
VoyeurA prying observer.
QueueA line.
ChauffeurA person who driver others.
BouquetA bunch of flowers or an arrangement of flowers.
ArcadeA passageway or sometimes also used for a place where video games are played.
Pavilion A part of the building that is open to the outside.
Cafe A coffeehouse.
Abbey A type of monastery.
DinerA small restaurant.
Bon appetitEnjoy your meal.
Menu A list of food items or dishes.
A la carteAccording to the menu.
Hors d'œuvre Appetizers.
Avant-gardeA very innovative style.
Chic Stylish.
Eau de toiletteA scented liquid applied on the skin.
Petite Small in size.
Cologne Scented water.

French phrases used in English

Bon voyage  Have a good journey.
Deja Vu A feeling that you have experienced before.
Coup d'etat to seize a move or an act.
Faux pas  A social blunder.
Je ne sais quoi A quality that is hard to describe. It literally means “I don’t know what to do”.
Voila There it is!
Carte blanche To have full authority.

French words are used in English because of their beauty and influence over a lot of things like food, places, buildings, architecture, clothes etc. Continue your language learning by exploring more other languages that have inspired you. If you are an English speaker and if you think that French is a difficult language, and if that stops you from learning this language, then you might be wrong. We do use a lot of French in our daily English conversations! Now that you know a few French words, why not learn more?

authority the power or right to give orders

More Articles


Developed nations and languages

10 Oct 2023

There is a strong narrative on English among India's financially and educationally elite classes. The narrative is that English is the only way to…

Continue reading

Important words and phrases in Marathi (For beginners)

14 Sep 2021

Learning a new language can be difficult. But with constant practice and learning it can be easy. Starting to talk in the language you are trying to…

Continue reading

Tips to improve your spellings

31 Aug 2021

Writing in English is as important as speaking. To learn to write correctly might seem like a difficult task. There are always some tips that you need…

Continue reading

Active Voice and Passive Voice

24 Aug 2021

This article will help you understand the difference between active and passive voice and make your written and spoken skills of language better.

Continue reading

Difference between Voice and Speech in Grammar

23 Aug 2021

English learners may get confused between the use of these two topics and end up making mistakes. Read this short article to help yourself and improve…

Continue reading

Direct and Indirect speech

19 Aug 2021

Knowing how to use direct and indirect speech in English is considered important in spoken English. Read the article below and understand how to use…

Continue reading

Types of nouns

17 Aug 2021

Nouns are the largest group of words in any language. Understanding them and using them correctly while learning the language is considered very…

Continue reading

Ways to improve your spoken English skills

16 Aug 2021

Improving spoken languages might seem as a challenge. But, with proper guidance and tips, it is not too difficult.

Continue reading