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adjective belonging or relating to France, a republic in NW Europe, its inhabitants or their language.
noun
1 (the French) the people of France (see the, sense 4b).
2 the official language of France, which is also one of the official languages of Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Switzerland, etc, and is spoken in many former French colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and Oceania.
[Anglo-Saxon frencisc , from Frank]
pardon or excuse my French colloq please excuse my swearing.

Pronunciation of French in English || In the dictionary we give an anglicized pronunciation of French for words which are in common use in English. The main difference between an anglicized and a real French pronunciation is the exact quality of the vowels. In the examples below we give pronunciations as they are in the dictionary, ie usually anglicized, but occasionally real French. The latter are marked Fr . || With nasalized vowels, as in vin blanc and aide-de-camp , try to match the French pronunciation as closely as possible. || u is pronounced , rather like the common Scottish pronunciation of the vowel in words such as you and book . || ch is pronounced , not , as in French loan words such as brochure , champagne , chic and echelon . || Final s, x and z are usually not pronounced in French, as in faux pas . However they are pronounced before a following vowel, as in faux ami / Fr or vous avez / Fr . || gn is pronounced , as in the French pronunciation of bourgignon / Fr || ll after an i may be either silent (or / Fr ), as in ratatouille , or , as in mille . Note that the name of the cream-and-pastry cake millefeuille is therefore pronounced / Fr .



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