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British English: /ˈbʌt(ə)n/
American English: /ˈbətn/

Translation of button in French:


  • 1 (on coat, bell, switch, sword) to do up/to undo a button
    boutonner/déboutonner un bouton
    chocolate buttons
    pastilles (fpl) de chocolat
  • 2
    (American English) (chin)
    pointe (f) du menton

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • (dress etc)
    se boutonner


as bright as a button

très éveillé/-e
he's a button short (informal)

on the button

au petit poil
(on time)
à l'heure pile

to have all one's buttons

avoir toute sa tête

Phrasal verbs

button up

button [something] up, button up [something]
button (up) your lip (informal)!
la ferme (informal)!
the deal is all buttoned up (informal)!
l'affaire est dans le sac (informal)!

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