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Athe letter A
abaisserto pull/push down, to lower
abandonné(adj) - abandoned, disused; relaxed
abattreto traction down; come slaughter; to weaken
un abcèsabscess
À bientôtSee you soon
s"abonner àto subscribe, come buy a season ticket
aborderto reach; approach; start-up, take on
aboutirto succeed; to finish up
abracadabrant(adj) - incredible, preposterous
un abrishelter, refuge
abrutirto exhaust, to deaden one"s mind
absent(adj) - absent, lacking, missing
AcadieAcadia
accablant(adj) - exhausting, oppressive, overwhelming
un accélérateurgas pedal
les accessoires (m)accessories
accro(inf adj) - hooked, addicted
une accrochelead-in, catchphrase, headline
l"acharnement (m)fierceness, fury, determination
les achats (m)shopping
à côté denext to
un acteuractor
actif(adj) - active
l"actif (m)assets, credits
une actriceactress
actualité (f)current events, news
l"addition (f)check/bill
AdélaïdeAdelaide
AdèleAdela
À demainSee you tomorrow
AdieuFarewell
un(e) ado(inf) - teenager
AdrienAdrian
AdrienneAdriana
à droiteright
un aeroport (m)airport
affadirto make tasteless, dull, uninteresting, colorless
une afficheposter
afficherto post, display, flaunt
affublerto wear miscellaneous bizarre (as if to disguise)
Africain(e)African
AgatheAgatha
AgnèsAgnes
à gaucheleft
l"agneau (m)lamb
une agrafestaple
une agrafeusestapler
agréablenice, pleasant, pleasing
agrégerto aggregate, incorporate
ah bon(interj) - oh really? (not "oh good")
Aidez-moi !Help!
Aimé(loved)
AiméeAmy, (loved)
à la carteside order (not component of le menu)
AlainAlan, Allen
alambiqué(adj) - convoluted, involved, obsure
À la prochaineUntil next time
à la rigueur(adv) - or even, if need be
AlexandreAlexander
AlexandrieAlexandria
Alexis
AlfredAlfred
Algérien(ne)Algerian
AliceAlice
AlixAlex
alléchant(adj) - mouth-watering, tempting, enticing
allergique à ...allergic to...

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une alliancewedding ring
Allô ?Hello?
alourdirto weigh/load down, to make heavy
AlphonseAlfonso
un amantlover
une amantelover
un amateuramateur, lover of
Amaury
AmélieAmelia
améliorerto improve
Américain(e)American
un(e) ami(e)friend
amical(adj) - friendly
les amisthe friends
amitié (f)friendship, liking, kindness
l"amourlove
une ampleurfullness, liberalness, opulence; scale, extent
Anaïs
un ananaspineapple
AnastasieAnastasia
les anchoisanchovies
les anciens élèvesformer students
AndréAndrew
AndréeAndrea
anéantirto annihilate, destroy; come overwhelm, overcome
une anesthésie localelocal anesthesia
Anglais(e), l"anglaisEnglish
anglo-saxon(adj) - the or relating to British civilization
une anicroche(inf) - hitch, snag, problem
animerto lead, conduct; drive, encourage; liven up
animé(adj) - busy, lively, animated
AnneAnn
l"anniversaire de mariagewedding anniversary
un annuairephone book
anonymat (m)anonymity
un anorakski jacket
Anouk
AntoineAnthony
AntoinetteAntoinette
Anton
aoûtAugust
à peine(adv) - hardly, barely
un apéritifcocktail
à pointmedium-rare
un appart(fam) - apartment, flat
un appel en P.C.V.collect call
appelerto call
apprivoiserto tame, domesticate, make much more sociable
appui (m)support
après être venuafter having actually come
l"arabeArabic
l"argenterie (f)silverware
une armoirecloset
arnaquer(fam) - come swindle, rip off; come nab, arrest
Arnaud
Arnaude
arracherto lift, tear out/off, traction up/out; to snatch
un arrêtstop
arrière (m)back, stern
en arrièrebehind, backward
les arrivéesArrivals
un arrondissementdistrict; rounding, swelling
arroserto water, spray, (inf) - to drink to
ArthurArthur
un artichautartichoke
un(e) artisteartist
AsiatiqueAsian
les asperges (f)asparagus
assezfairly
assez utilefairly useful
une assietteplate
assoupirto make drowsy
s"assoupirto doze off
assuré(adj) - confident
astreindreto compel, force
Astrid
à ta santécheers
atavique(adj) - atavistic, hereditary
à temps partiel(adv, adj) - part-time
à tes souhaitsbless girlfriend (after a sneeze)
un atoutasset, trump card card
À tout à l"heureSee you soon
un attentatmurder attempt, attack
attention !(interj) - Warning! watch out!
une aubergineeggplant
AudreyAudrey
au faitby the way; notified of; obtain to the point!
AugusteAugustus
AugustinAugustus
auparavant(adv) - beforehand, previously
au pifas a unstable guess, in ~ random
Aurélie
Aurore(dawn)
autant(adv) - as much/many, for this reason much/many
une autocar
une autoroutehighway
l"auto-stop (m)hitchhiking
auprès de(prep) - next to, contrasted with, in the check out of
Au revoirGood-bye
Au secours !Help!
au téléphoneon the phone
Australien(ne)Australian
l"autobusbus
automneautumn
avant hierthe day before yesterday
avec ellewith her
avenant(adj) - pleasant, welcoming
un aventurieradventurer
avéré(adj) - known, recognized
s"avérerto revolve out (that)
l"avionplane
un avocat, une avocatelawyer (barrister)
avoirto have
avoir faimto be hungry
avoir soifto it is in thirsty
à vos souhaitsbless friend (after a sneeze)
à votre santécheers
avouerto avow, confess, admit
avrilApril

Bletter B
un baba cool(inf) - hippy
le babeurrebuttermilk
le bacle baccalauréat; ferry, tub, trough, vat
bâclerto botch, scamp, litter together
badinerto banter, jest
des bagagesluggage
la bagarrefight, brawl
bagarrer(inf) - to fight, clash, argue
bagatelletrinket
une bagnole(inf) - car
une baguering
une bague de fiançaillesengagement ring
une baguetteFrench bread, baton, chopstick
un bahutsideboard; (inf) - school, taxi, truck
une baignoirebathtub
un bainbathtub
le bain moussantbubble bath
baiserto kiss; (vulgar slang) - to outdo, to be had; to have actually sex
balader(inf) - come trail around, come take because that a walk
un balaibroom, brush
balbutierto stammer, babble
le balconbalcony
balèzebrawny, strapping
une balisebeacon, buoy, sign
les balivernes (f)nonsense
une ballebullet, ball, shot
une bananebanana
un banca bench, seat; shoal/school (of fish)
bancaire(adj) bank
bandant(fam adj) - sexy, interesting
une bandeband, strip, bandage, line, group; (inf) - a bunch of, pack of
la banlieuesuburbs, outskirts
la banquebank
la baraqueshed, hut, stand, stall; (inf) - a shack, digs, dump
le baratin(inf) - sweet talk, chatter
une barbichegoatee
barrerto bar, block, close, overcome out
une barrettebarrette
des bas (m)stockings
la base (demaquillage)foundation
le basketbasketball
le baume démêlantconditioner
bavarderto chat, chatter; (inf) - to blab
baverto dribble, to leak; (fam) - to have a tough time
baveux(adj) - dribbly, slobbery, runny, blurry
une bavuresmudge, smear, hitch, flaw
béant(adj) gaping, wide-open
beau(adj) - handsome
beau(adj) - quite out
beaucoupvery much, many, a lot
un beauf(fam) - brother-in-law; a small-minded person
Beaujolais nouveau
becbeak, bill, nib
bée(in bouche bée) open-mouthed
bégayerto stammer, stutter
un béguin(inf) - crush, fancy, additionally a bonnet
BelgeBelgian
belle(adj) - pretty
bénévole(adj) - volunteer, unpaid
un bénévolevolunteer
bénirto bless, to give thanks to God for
BenjaminBenjamin
le benjaminthe youngest child, youngest son
BenoîtBenedict
une béquillecrutch, kick-stand, (nautical) prop, shore
bercerto rock, cradle
la berezinadisaster
berk(inf exclamation) - yuck!
Bernadette
BernardBernard
bernerto fool, hoax, dupe
BertrandBertrand, Bertram
la besognework, task, job
(avoir) besoin deto need
une bestiolebug, creepy crawler
bête(adj) - stupid, silly, foolish
une bête

animal, insect, creature

une bêtisestupidity, mistake, blunder, stunner thing, nonsense
le bétonconcrete
le beurrebutter
une bévueblunder
un bibelottrinket, knick-knack, curio
un biberonbaby bottle
bicher(inf) - to be pleased through oneself
bichonnerto pamper
une bicyclettebicycle
bidoncan, tin, flask
bidonner(fam) to break-up one"s political parties laughing
bidule(inf) contraption, whatsit; what"s-his-name
bien

good, moral, right, healthy

bien cuitwell done
bien étrangequite strange
la bièrebeer
le biftecksteak
les bijoux (m)jewelry
un bikinibikini
le bilanassessment, results, balance sheet
un billetticket; bill, note (money)
un billet aller-retourround trip ticket
un billet simpleone-way ticket
biologique(adj) - biological, organic
bisgrayish-brown; (music) repeat; (address) ½, a
le biscuitcookie
(année) bissextileleap (year)
le bizutage(school slang) hazing, ragging
blafardpale, pallid, wan
une blaguea joke, trick, blunder
blancwhite
la blanchisserielaundromat
un blasoncoat that arms, heraldry
un bled(inf, also slang) - village, dump, godforsaken place
blesserto wound, hurt, injure; to offend
bleublue, rare
bleu clairlight blue
bleu foncédark blue
blocblock, unit, group, pad (of paper)
blond(adj) - blond
un blousonjacket
bluffer(inf) - come bluff, shot it on, fool
un bobo(inf, baby language) - boo boo, owie, wound
une bobonne(inf and somewhat archaic) - missus, dearie
boireto drink
le boiswood
une boissondrink
une boîtebox, can; (inf) - nightclub; job, office; school
boiterto limp, to wobble, to be shaky
un bolbowl
bongood
ah bon(interj) - five really? (not "oh good")
bon appétit !enjoy your meal
les bonbons (m)candy
BonjourHello
Bonne nuitGoodnight
BonsoirGood evening
Bordeaux
un bordel(fam) - mess, chaos; (literal) - brothel
borné(adj) - narrow-minded, limited
bosser(inf) - to work, slog, to perform hard labor
des bottes (f)boots
le bottindirectory, phonebook, Yellow Pages
boucbilly goat, goatee
la bouchemouth
une bouchéemouthful
boucherto cork, plug, block
un boucherbutcher
la boucheriebutcher shop
bouchoncork, stopper, plug, cap; traffic jam
bouclé(adj) - curly
une boucle d"oreilleearring
un boucliershield
bouderto sulk, save away from
boudiné(adj) - bursting the end of
la bouemud
boufferto be full, have volume, (fam) - to wolf-down, gobble
bougrement(inf) terribly, really, very
bouillant(adj) boiling, scalding, fiery, hotheaded
un boulangerune boulangèrebaker
la boulangeriebakery
boulot(adj) - chubby, tubby
le boulot(informal) - work, the everyday grind
boum(interj) - Boom!, Bang!
un boumbang, significant success
une boumparty
un bouquin(inf) - book
bourré(adj) - stuffed, packed; (fam) - drunk, plastered
un bourreautorturer
une bourriquedonkey; (inf) - blockhead, pigheaded person
la boursescholarship, grant; second-hand sale
bousculerto jostle, bump into; come hurry, pressure; to liven up
la boustifaille(fam) - grub, nosh, chow
une bouteillebottle
une boutique hors taxesduty-free
un bouton de manchettecufflink
un boxer-shortboxer shorts
un braceletbracelet
un bracelet à breloquescharm bracelet
brancherto plugin, connect, link up
branlerto shake, waggle; to be shaky, loose, unsteady
braquerto point, aim, rotate the steering wheel
le brasarm
brasser

to stir, mix, knead, shuffle; to brew

bravitudefullness that bravery
brebisewe
bref(adv) - in short, to do a lengthy story short
Brésilien(ne)Brazilian
un brevetdiploma, certificate, patent
le bricolagehome improvement, tinkering, DIY; rush/makeshift job
BrigitteBridget
un brinblade, sprig, yarn, a bit
briserto break, smash; ruin, wreck; tire out
une brochebrooch
bronzé(adj) - tan
la brosse à cheveuxhairbrush
la brosse à dentstoothbrush
se brosserto brush
se brosser les cheveuxto brush one"s hair
se brosser les dentsto brush one"s teeth
brouterto graze, come nibble; (slang) to be annoying
bruinerto drizzle
brûluresburn, burn sensation
brun(adj) - brown (hair, eyes)
Bruno
brut(adj) - uncut, rough, crude, raw
budrank
la bûchelog
bûcherto slog far at, to swot up; (Canada) come fell, cut down
le bureauoffice, study
le bureau de changemoney exchange
burinerto engrave, chisel
un butgoal, aim, purpose, destination
buterto stumble; (fam) - to bump off, kill