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British English: /blɒk/
American English: /blɑk/

Translation of block in French:


  • 1 (slab) a block of ice/marble
    un bloc de glace/marbre
    a block of ice cream
    une glace (f) (au litre)
  • 2 (building) block of flats office/residential block
    immeuble de bureaux/d'habitation
    administration block
    bâtiment (m) administratif
    science block
    bloc (m) scientifique
  • 3 (group of buildings) to drive round the block
    faire le tour du pâté de maisons
    he lives three blocks away (American English)
    il habite à trois rues d'ici
    the bank is two blocks south (American English)
    la banque est à deux rues d'ici au sud
  • 4 (for butcher, executioner) to put ou lay one's head on the block [figurative]
    donner sa tête à couper
  • 6 (obstruction)to be a block to
    être un obstacle à (reform, agreement)
    to be a block to progress
    être une entrave au progrès
    to put a block on
    bloquer (price, sale)
    entraver (initiative)
  • 10 [informal] (head)
    caboche (f) [informal]
    I'll knock your block off [slang]
    je vais te casser la figure [informal]

also: blocks plural noun

  • (ballet shoes)
    chaussons (mpl) à pointes

transitive verb

  • 1 (obstruct)
    bloquer (exit, road, pass)
    boucher (drain, gutter, hole, artery)
    gêner (traffic)
    to block somebody's way ou path
    barrer le passage à quelqu'un
    to have a blocked nose
    avoir le nez bouché
  • 2 (impede)
    bloquer (market, project)
    faire obstacle à (advance, escape, progress)
    faire opposition à (bill)
    you're blocking my light
    tu me caches la lumière
    you're blocking my view
    tu me bouches la vue
  • 3 (Finance)
    bloquer (assets, currency, funds)
  • 4 (Sport)
    bloquer (ball, opponent, rope)

Phrasal verbs

block in

block [somebody/something] in 1.1 (when parking)
bloquer (car, driver)
1.2 (Art)
colorer (area, figure)

block off

block [something] off, block off [something] 1.1 (seal off)
barrer (road, path)
1.2 (Photography) (mask)
masquer (negative)

block out

block out [something], block [something] out 1.1 (hide)
boucher (view)
cacher (light, sun)
1.2 (suppress)
refouler (memory, problem)

block up

block up [something], block [something] up
boucher (artery, drain, gutter, hole, street)
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