French

Anything French has to do with the country, people, culture, or language of France. The new French exchange student at your school will probably speak English with a French accent.

Do you love croissants, brioche, and eclairs? Then you can say French pastries are your favorite! In addition to these authentically French foods, there are many things commonly described this way that aren't actually French at all, like French bulldogs and French toast. The word is also used for the entire group of people who are citizens of France ("the French") and their language. And an extremely informal way to apologize for swearing is to say, "Pardon my French."

Definitions of French
  1. adjective
    of or pertaining to France or the people of France
    French cooking”
    synonyms: Gallic
  2. noun
    the people of France
    synonyms: French people
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    type of:
    country, land, nation
    the people who live in a nation or country
  3. noun
    the Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France
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    Langue d'oil, Langue d'oil French
    medieval provincial dialects of French spoken in central and northern France
    Langue d'oc, Langue d'oc French
    medieval provincial dialects of French formerly spoken in the south of France
    Old French
    the earliest form of the French language; 9th to 15th century
    Norman French, Norman-French, Old North French
    the medieval Norman dialect of Old French
    Anglo-French, Anglo-Norman
    the French (Norman) language used in medieval England
    Canadian French
    the French language as spoken in Quebec, Canada
    Walloon
    a dialect of French spoken in Belgium and adjacent parts of France
    Occitan, Provencal
    the medieval dialects of Langue d'oc (southern France)
    type of:
    Latinian language, Romance, Romance language
    the group of languages derived from Latin
  4. noun
    United States sculptor who created the seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1850-1931)
    synonyms: Daniel Chester French
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    example of:
    carver, sculptor, sculpturer, statue maker
    an artist who creates sculptures
  5. verb
    cut (e.g, beans) lengthwise in preparation for cooking
    French the potatoes”
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    type of:
    cut
    shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of
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