Definition of “false friend” - English Dictionary

british dictionary

“false friend” in British English

See all translations

false friendnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfɒls ˈfrend/ us /ˌfɑːls ˈfrend/

a word that is often confused with a word in another language with a different meaning because the two words look or sound similar:

The French word "actuellement" and the English word "actually" are false friends.

(Definition of “false friend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)