French Words in English - 2

  1. Cerise: Cherry; The French word for the fruit gives the word for the color
    Example: The Cerise plant flowers from June to October.
  2. C'est La Vie: That's life
    Example: I wanted the other one, but that's how it is, C'est La Vie
  3. Chaise Longue: Long Chair
    Example: This Chaise longue was better than what I had purchased last year.
  4. Charge d'affaires: Charged with business; A substitute or replacement diplomat
    Example: The American charge d'affaires and consul-general sent a letter to the President.
  5. Chef D'ouvre: Chief work; Masterpiece
    Example: The painting of Monalisa is hailed as Chef D'ouvre by Leonardo Da Vinci.
  6. Chic: Stylish
    Example: Chic sounds more chic than stylish
  7. Comme ci comme ça: So-so
    Example: The plans for the party strike me as comme ci comme ca.
  8. Coup de grace: Finishing blow
    Example: After an already wildly successful day, the coup de grâce came when she won best all-around athlete.
  9. Crème caramel: Caramel cream; custard lined with caramel
    Example: I really relish the custard that is baked in a caramel-lined mold and served chilled with the caramel side up.
  10. Creme de la crème: Something superlative; Cream of the cream; refers to the best of the best.
    Example: The crème de la crème of the world is invited to attend the Oscar Awards night.
  11. Creme fraiche: Fresh Cream; Despite its meaning, crème fraîche is in fact slightly fermented, thickened cream.
    Example: You use creme fraiche instead of cheese to mix with mascarpone.
  12. Crepe de Chine: Chinese crepe; soft fine or sheer clothing crepe especially of silk
    Example: I saw a blue-eyed blonde in a lavender crepe de chine dress which highlighted her silhouette.
  13. Crime passionnel: Passionate crime; Crime of passion
    Example: His prison sentence will be reduced if his lawyer can convince the jury that the murder was a crime passionnel.
  14. Cuisine: Kitchen, Style, cuisine refers only to a particular type of food/cooking, such as French cuisine, Southern cuisine, etc.
    Example: The inn's focal point is the restaurant with French Cuisine.
  1. Cul-de-sac: Literally it means "bottom of a sack," but generally it refers to a dead-end street. Cul-de-sac can also be used metaphorically to express an action that leads to nowhere or an impasse.
    Example: We had less traffic living on the cul-de-sac, but had trouble getting in and out.
  2. De rigueur: Strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion
    Example: Loudly proclaiming one's support for radical causes had become de rigueur among her crowd.
  3. Debutante: Beginner; débutante is the feminine form of débutant
    Example: Nargis Fakhri is considered the most beautiful debutante of the current season.
  4. Degustation: Tasting; The French word simply refers to the act of tasting, while in English "degustation" is used for a tasting event or party, as in wine or cheese tasting.
    Example: This menu degustation included four interesting and creative fish courses.
  5. Déjà vu: The experience of perceiving a new situation as if it had occurred before.
    Example: I'm sure I've been here before. Either that or I'm having a real sense of deja vu.
  6. Du jour: Of the Day
    Example: The soup du jour is cream of mushroom.
  7. En Route: On the Way
    Example: He had to come to pick me en route to the university.
  8. En Suite: In Sequence, part of a set, together
    Example: My husband would like a double room and I preferably with an en-suite bathroom.
  9. Enfant terrible: An incorrigible child; an outrageously outspoken or bold person
    Example: He played the role of enfant terrible, jolting us with his blunt assessment.
  10. Entente cordiale: Cordial Agreement
    Example: The Entente Cordiale regarding new finance policy between Prime Minister and parliament has been sealed today.
  11. Entre nous: Between ourselves; confidentially
    Example: Entre nous, their marriage is on the rocks.
  12. Sans Souci: Carefree
    Example: After few glasses of liquor, their mood turned distinctly sans souci.
  13. Savoir-Faire: The ability to say and do the correct thing
    Example: She presided over the gathering with impressive savoir-faire.
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