Definition of “French” - English Dictionary

“French” in British English

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uk /frentʃ/ us /frentʃ/

[ U ] the language that people speak in France, parts of Belgium and Canada, and other countries

the French [ plural ]

the people of France


  • Marguerite teaches French at the local secondary school.
  • I can't speak a word of French so everyone knows I'm a foreigner as soon as I arrive in France.
  • French, Italian, and Spanish are major Romance languages.
  • Have you got a dictionary I can use for translating French into English?
  • French is the official language in many different countries.


uk /frentʃ/ us /frentʃ/

belonging to or relating to France, its people, or its language:

We used to spend our holidays in a small French town.

More examples

  • Natalie's mother is French and her father is English.
  • The French film 'trois hommes et un bébé' was remade in Hollywood as 'Three Men and a Baby'.
  • There's a charming, but rather pricey, French restaurant just around the corner.
  • They now live near the French town of Limoges.
  • Dior was a French fashion designer.

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