Words from French

Study Words

  1. peloton
  2. barrage
  3. chagrin [1]
  4. pacifism
  5. manicure
  6. altruism
  7. bureaucracy
  8. mascot
  9. parfait
  10. mystique
  11. layette [2]
  12. boutique
  13. dressage
  14. croquet
  15. gorgeous
  16. denture
  17. mirage
  18. denim
  19. cachet [3]
  20. neologism
  21. beige
  22. diplomat
  23. motif
  24. suave
  25. foyer [4]
  26. clementine
  27. ambulance
  28. rehearse
  29. leotard
  30. prairie [5]
  31. diorama
  32. entourage
  33. fuselage
  34. boudoir
  35. collage [6]
  36. amenable
  37. expertise
  38. matinee
  39. plateau
  40. sortie
  41. croquette
  42. physique [7]
  43. elite
  44. deluxe
  45. nougat
  46. rouge [8]
  47. escargot
  48. crochet
  49. regime
  50. doctrinaire
  51. tutu
  52. bevel
  53. menu
  54. egalitarian
  55. quiche [9]
  56. fatigue
  57. garage
  58. morgue
  59. stethoscope
  60. vogue
  61. musicale
  62. palette
  63. flamboyant
  64. baton
  65. souvenir
  66. impasse
  67. finesse
  68. maladroit

Challenge Words

  1. gauche
  2. rapport
  3. camouflage
  4. genre
  5. virgule
  6. debacle
  7. fusillade [10]
  8. saboteur
  9. renaissance
  10. chauvinism
  11. recidivist
  12. chassis
  13. détente
  14. raconteur
  15. mayonnaise [11]
  16. surveillance
  17. repertoire
  18. dossier
  19. taupe
  20. poignant
  21. garçon
  22. croissant
  23. ecru
  24. lieutenant
  25. protégé
  26. mélange
  27. blasé
  28. fête
  29. ingenue
  30. rendezvous

Spelling Tips

  1. 1 French nearly always spells the \sh\ sound with ch, and this spelling of the sound is very common in words from French. Chagrin, chauvinism, and crochet are examples.
  2. 2 A word from French ending with a stressed \et\ is usually spelled with ette as in layette and croquette.
  3. 3 A long a sound (\ā\) at the end of a word from French can be spelled a number of ways. One of the more common ways is with et as in cachet, croquet, and crochet.
  4. 4 One way to spell long a at the end of a word from French is with er as in dossier and in foyer. (Most Americans, however, do not pronounce the ending of foyer with a long a.)
  5. 5 A long e sound (\ē\) at the end of a word from French can be spelled with ie as in prairie and sortie. (But see exercise 4 under Now You Try for another spelling of the long e ending.)
  6. 6 Words ending with an \äzh\ sound are common in French. This sound is spelled age as in collage, mirage, dressage, garage, barrage, camouflage, entourage, and fuselage.
  7. 7 A \k\ sound at the end of a word from French is often spelled que as in physique, mystique, and boutique.
  8. 8 The \ü\ sound (as in rouge and many other words on the list) in words from French is usually spelled with ou. Sometimes, however, it is spelled with u as in tutu and ecru.
  9. 9 When the \sh\ sound occurs at the end of a word from French, there is nearly always a silent e that follows it, as in quiche and gauche.
  10. 10 Words ending with an \äd\ sound are common in French. This sound is spelled ade as in fusillade.
  11. 11 French speakers have a number of vowels that English speakers modify in pronunciation. Our way of pronouncing the French aise (pronounced \ez\ in French) is usually \āz\.