Definition of false friend in English:

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false friend

Pronunciation:

noun

A word or expression that has a similar form to one in a person’s native language, but a different meaning (for example English magazine and French magasin ‘shop’).
Example sentences
  • Our friend has fallen foul of the phenomenon known as faux amis, or false friends, foreign words that seem to mean one thing but actually mean another.
  • The following list of false friends will be helpful to Spanish speakers as the Spanish equivalent to the given English word means something different.
  • Inconsecuente is an example of a "false friend," a Spanish word that can trip you up if you think it means the same as a similar word in English.

Origin

Translating French faux ami.

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