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British English: /flat/
American English: /flæt/

Translation of flat in French:


  • 2 (level part)the flat of
    le plat de
    (hand, oar, sword)
    on the flat (British English)
    (walk, park)
    sur le plat
  • 3
    (on car, bike)
    pneu (m) à plat

also: flats plural noun

  • 1
    (American English) (shoes)
    chaussures (fpl) plates


  • 1 (level)
    (surface, landscape, road, roof)
    (not rounded) (stone)
    (stomach, chest)
    (nose, face)
    (shallow) (dish, basket, box)
    to be flat on one's back/face
    être sur le dos/à plat ventre
    to hammer something flat
    aplatir quelque chose au marteau
    to be squashed flat
    être écrasé
  • 2 (deflated)
    (tyre, ball)
    to have a flat tyre
    avoir un pneu à plat
    to go flat
    se dégonfler
  • 3 (pressed close) See examples: her feet flat on the floor
    les pieds bien à plat sur le sol
  • 4 (Clothing)
    (shoes, heels)
  • 5 (absolute)
    (refusal, rejection, denial)
    you're not going and that's flat (informal)!
    tu n'iras pas, un point c'est tout!
  • 8 (not fizzy)
    (beer, lemonade)
    to go flat
  • 9 (depressed) See examples: to feel flat
    se sentir déprimé
    he sounded a bit flat
    il n'avait pas l'air en forme
  • 10 (British English)
    (battery) (Electricity)
    à plat
    to go flat
    être usé
  • 12 (Music)
    (note) inv
    (off key) (voice, instrument)
    in the key of B flat minor
    en si bémol mineur
  • 13 (matt)
    (paint, surface)


  • 1 (horizontally)
    (lay, lie)
    à plat
    de tout son long
    to knock somebody flat
    terrasser quelqu'un
    to lay somebody flat
    étendre raide quelqu'un
    they laid the village flat
    ils ont rasé le village
    to lie flat
    être aplati
    to lie/land flat on one's back
    s'allonger/atterrir sur le dos
    I was lying flat on my back
    j'étais allongé sur le dos
    to fall flat on one's face
    tomber à plat ventre
    se casser la figure
  • 2 (in close contact) See examples: we pressed flat against the wall
    nous nous sommes aplatis contre le mur
    she pressed her nose flat against the window
    elle a collé son nez à la vitre
  • 3 (exactly) See examples: in 10 minutes flat
    en 10 minutes pile
  • 4
    (absolutely) she told me flat that …
    elle m'a carrément dit que …
    to turn [something] down flat they went flat against their orders
    ils ont carrément enfreint les ordres
  • 5 (Music)
    (sing, play)


to fall flat

(play) (informal)
(party, evening)

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