English words originating from French

  • English words originating from French

1.  à la carte - side menu

2.  apéritif - cocktail

3.  au pair - student from another country who provides child care for free home/meals

4.  avenue - street

5.  baguette - long loaf of bread

6.   ballet - classical dance

7.  bon apétit - Enjoy your meal!

8.  Bon voyage - Have a good trip!

9.  bouquet - handful of flowers

10.  boutique - small specialty store

11.  brunette - brown hair

12.  buffet - self-serve restaurant

13.  café - coffeehouse

14.  chauffeur - limousine driver

15.  chef - cook

16.  chic - stylish

17.  chignon - hairstyle - bun

18.   cliché - trite expression

19.  coupon - discount ticket

20.  croissant - flaky pastry

21.   cuisine - style of cooking

22.  cul-de-sac - dead end street

23.  décor - style of room

24.  déjà-vu - a feeling of something already seen before

25.  dénouement - how a story unravels, highest point in story

26.  dépot - transportation center

27.  détente - unspoken agreement between countries

28.   en route - on my way

29.  encore - play it again

30.  entrepreneur - sucessful in business

31.  financé - engaged to be married

32.  finale - last number in play

33.  hors d'oeuvres - appetizer

34.  impasse - cannot resolve a disagreement

35.  joie de vivre - joy of life

36.  maître D' - manager of restaurant

37.  matinée - early show

38.  motif - theme

39.  petite - small

40.  prix fixe - set menu and price

41.  rapport - a good relationship

42.  rendez-vous - meeting or date

43.  résumé - personal profile to get a job

44.  rouge - theater makeup

45.  RSVP - written on invitation asking to respond if you will attend

46.  sabotage - to destroy property or an enterprise

47.  soirée - evening event

48.  souvenir - object purchased often by tourists to remember a place

49.  vinaigrette - salad dressing

 

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