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also: feminine: centrale mpl centraux
Pronunciation: / sɑ̃tʀal /, / o /

Translation of central in English:


nom masculin

  • 2 (Sport)le central
    centre court

also: centrale nom féminin

  • 2 (Entreprise)centrale syndicale or ouvrière
    confederation of trade unions
    les centrales syndicales
    the trade unions
  • 4 (Commerce)centrale d'achat (groupement)
    (central purchasing agency)
    (magasin) (discount store for students, civil servants etc)

Cultural Note: École

The French school system has three tiers: l'école maternelle (from the age of two); l'école primaire comprising cours préparatoire ( CP), cours élémentaire 1 et 2 ( CE1, CE2), cours moyen 1 et 2 ( CM1, CM2); and l'école secondaire ( collège and lycée). School attendance is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16.

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