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British English: /bəʊn/
American English: /boʊn/

Translation of bone in French:


  • 1
    (of human, animal) os (m)
    (of fish) arête (f)
    made of bone
    en os
    chicken on/off the bone
    poulet à l'os/désossé
    to break a bone
    casser un os
    to break every bone in one's body
    se rompre les os
    I'll break every bone in his body!
    je vais lui tordre le cou!
    no bones broken
    rien de cassé
    he hasn't got a romantic/jealous bone in his body
    il n'a pas une once de romantisme/jalousie
    before n (handle, button)
    en os

also: bones plural noun

  • 2 (human remains) (in archeology)
    ossements (mpl) humains
    to lay somebody's bones to rest
    enterrer la dépouille de quelqu'un
    my old bones [informal]
    mes vieux os [informal]
    he'll never make old bones
    il ne fera pas de vieux os
  • 3 (dice)
    dés mpl

transitive verb

  • 1 (Culinary)
    désosser (joint, chicken)
    enlever les arêtes de (fish)


bone of contention

sujet (m) de dispute
pomme (f) de discorde

close to the bone

(wounding) blessant
(racy) osé

to be a bag of bones

être un sac d'os [informal]

to cut something to the bone

réduire quelque chose au minimum

to feel something in one's bones

avoir le pressentiment de quelque chose

to have a bone to pick with somebody

avoir un compte à régler avec quelqu'un

to make no bones about something

ne pas cacher quelque chose

sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never harm me)

les chiens aboient, la caravane passe [proverb]

to work one's fingers to the bone

se crever à la tâche [informal]

Phrasal verbs

bone up on

bone up on [something]
potasser [informal] (subject)
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