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oil
British English: /ɔɪl/
American English: /ɔɪl/

Translation of oil in French:

noun

  • 1
    (for fuel)
    (for lubrication)
    to check the oil
    (Automobile)
    vérifier le niveau d'huile
    to change the oil
    (Automobile)
    to strike oil
    [literal]
    découvrir du pétrole
    [figurative]
    découvrir une mine d'or
    before n (deposit, exporter, producer)
    de pétrole
    (prices)
    (company, crisis, industry, exploration, production, terminal)
    (imports, reserves)
    an oil magnate
    un magnat du pétrole
  • 2 (for cooking) corn/sunflower oil
    huile de maïs/tournesol
    to cook with oil
    cuisiner à l'huile
    an oil and vinegar dressing
    une vinaigrette
  • 3 (Art) (medium)
    uncountable
    to work in oils
    peindre à l'huile
    the portrait is (done) in oils
    c'est un portrait à l'huile
  • 5 (medicinal, beauty) essential oils
    huiles (fpl) essentielles
    oil of cloves/lemon
    essence (f) de girofle/citron

transitive verb

  • 2 (apply cosmetic to)
    (skin, hair)

also: oiled past participle adjective

  • 1
    (hair, moustache)
    huilé
    (pistons, mechanism)
    huilé
    (seabird, animal)
    mazouté
    (cloth, paper, silk)
    huilé
  • 2
    [informal]
    also: well-oiled
    (drunk)
    bien beurré (informal), ivre

Idioms

oil and water do not mix

on ne peut pas marier l'eau et le feu

to oil the wheels

to pour oil on troubled waters

apaiser les esprits

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