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French British & World English

Relating to France or its people or language

French, Daniel Chester British & World English

(1850–1931), US sculptor. Among his works are the statue of the Minute Man, unveiled 1875 at Concord, Massachusetts, and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln, completed 1922, in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

french heel British & World English

A high, curved heel on a woman’s shoe

Free French British & World English

An organization of French troops and volunteers in exile formed under General de Gaulle in 1940. Based in London, the movement organized forces that opposed the Axis powers in French Equatorial Africa, Lebanon, and elsewhere, and cooperated with the French Resistance

French bean British & World English

A tropical American bean plant of which many varieties are commercially cultivated

French cuff British & World English

A shirt cuff that is folded back before fastening, creating a double-layered cuff

French-cut British & World English

(Of women’s knickers) cut high in the leg

French door British & World English

A French window

French horn British & World English

A brass instrument with a coiled tube, valves, and a wide bell, developed from the simple hunting horn in the 17th century. It is played with the right hand in the bell to soften the tone and increase the range of available harmonics

French kiss British & World English

A kiss with contact between tongues

French knot British & World English

(In embroidery) a stitch in which the thread is wound around the needle, which is then passed back through the fabric at almost the same point to form a small dot

French loaf British & World English

A loaf of French bread

French roll British & World English

A woman’s hairstyle in which the hair is tucked into a vertical roll down the back of the head

French seam British & World English

A seam with the raw edges enclosed

Old French British & World English

The French language up to circa 1400

French in marigold British & World English

A plant of the daisy family with yellow, orange, or copper-brown flowers, cultivated as an ornamental

Anglo-French British & World English

Relating to both England (or Britain) and France

French bread British & World English

White bread in a long, crisp loaf

French chalk British & World English

A kind of steatite used for marking cloth and removing grease and, in powder form, as a dry lubricant

French Congo British & World English

Former name (until 1910) for French Equatorial Africa.

French curve British & World English

A template used for drawing curved lines

French fries British & World English

Potatoes deep-fried in thin strips; chips

French Guiana British & World English

An overseas department of France, in northern South America; population 202,000 (est. 2007); capital, Cayenne

French leave British & World English

Absence from work or duty without permission

French pastry British & World English

A rich pastry, often with a filling of fruit or custard

French plait British & World English

A woman’s hairstyle in which all the hair is gathered tightly and pulled back from the forehead into one large plait down the back of the head

French polish British & World English

Shellac polish that produces a high gloss on wood

French poodle British & World English

Another term for poodle.

French Sudan British & World English

Former name for Mali.

French toast British & World English

Bread dipped in a mixture of seasoned beaten egg, often with added milk, and fried on both sides

French window British & World English

Each of a pair of glazed doors in an outside wall, serving as a window and door, typically opening on to a garden or balcony

Norman French British & World English

The northern form of Old French spoken by the Normans

French Guiana New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

overseas department of France in South America

Canadian French British & World English

The form of the French language written and spoken by French Canadians

French Canadian British & World English

A Canadian whose principal language is French

French cricket British & World English

An informal game resembling cricket but played with a soft ball which is bowled at the batter’s legs


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