Definition of French in English:

French

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Pronunciation: /frɛn(t)ʃ
 
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adjective

  • Relating to France or its people or language: the French government her accent is very French
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    • There are no subtitles in any language nor even French subtitles for the deaf or hard of hearing.
    • For every one bottle of Cognac sold in France, French drinkers buy 10 bottles of whisky.
    • France and especially French girls held a special place in the imaginations of most British boys.

noun

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  • 1 [mass noun] The language of France, also used in parts of Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada, in several countries of northern and western Africa and the Caribbean, and elsewhere: I am fluent in French [as modifier]: French lessons
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    • Many speak excellent English, but some will speak French as a first language.
    • Morocco used to be colonised by France which explains why French is still spoken as a second language.
    • Do you expect me to believe that in a place other than France people speak French?
  • 2 (as plural noun the French) The people of France collectively: the French, they say, live to eat
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    • But the Finns, like the French and Greeks and Irish and the rest of them are quite happy with the euro.
    • The single red flower is also used in hibiscus syrups, popularised by the French.
    • Consider the effect of those two quotes on the the British, the Americans and the French.

French is the first or official language of over 200 million people and is widely used as a second language. It is a Romance language which developed from the Latin spoken in Gaul; it had a very great influence on English as the language of the Norman ruling class

Phrases

(if you'll) excuse (or pardon) my French

informal Used to apologize for swearing.
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  • Someone brought a guitar, too, and when I saw that, that's when I got the heck out of there, if you'll pardon my French.
  • And, pardon my French, you'll rest your tired keister at night in some of the Alps' most inviting resorts and inns.
  • You see, I don't know who sent these yet, because the chicken S.O.B., pardon my French, didn't have the guts to sign his name.

Derivatives

Frenchness

noun
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  • For dessert, Hanoi's lingering Frenchness makes a comeback: on offer is a featherweight warm apple tart and delectable creme caramel.
  • The southwest has resisted rapid modernisation: it remains essentially a rural area and is marked, above all, by its intense Frenchness.
  • Arguably the Frenchness of France depends in large measure not on isolation, but on an insistent personal identity in the greater culture of a continent.

Origin

Old English Frencisc, of Germanic origin, from the base of Frank.

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