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French Food Vocabulary - La nourriture

Whether you're traveling in Europe or just going out to a local French restaurant, food is one of the necessities
of life, so here are some key French words and phrases related to food. Click on the link to hear the word or
phrase pronounced. Bon apptit !
la nourriture food
avoir faim to be hungry
manger to eat
le repas meal
le petit-djeuner breakfast
le djeuner lunch
le dner dinner
le goter snack
djeuner to have breakfast or lunch
dner to have dinner
le hors d'uvre, l'entre* appetizer
la soupe, le potage soup
le plat principal main course
la salade salad
le dessert dessert
la cuisine kitchen, cooking
la salle manger dining room
le restaurant restaurant
*In American English, "entre" refers to the main course, but in French it only indicates an appetizer.

Here are the French words for some staples, seasonings, and other miscellaneous foods.
la confiture jam
le croissant croissant
la farine flour
les frites (US) fries, (UK) chips
l'huile d'olive (f) olive oil
la mayonnaise mayonnaise
la moutarde mustard
un uf, des ufs egg, eggs
le pain bread

le pain grill toast


les ptes pasta
le poivre pepper
le riz rice
la sauce sauce, dressing, gravy
le sel salt
le sucre sugar

Fruit and Vegetables - French Food Vocabulary


Learn the French words for the most common fruits.
le fruit fruit
un abricot apricot
un ananas pineapple
une banane banana
une cerise cherry
un citron lemon
un citron vert lime
une fraise strawberry
une framboise raspberry
une mre blackberry
une myrtille blueberry
une orange orange
un pamplemousse grapefruit
une pastque watermelon
une pche peach
une poire pear

une pomme apple


une prune plum
un raisin grape

And don't forget to eat your vegetables.

un lgume vegetable
un artichaut artichoke
les asperges (f) asparagus
une aubergine eggplant
la carotte carrot
le cleri celery
le champignon mushroom
le chou-fleur cauliflower
le concombre cucumber
les pinards (m) spinach
un haricot bean
la laitue lettuce
un oignon onion
le mas corn
les petits pois (m) peas
la pomme de terre potato
le radis radish
la tomate tomato

Meat - French Food Vocabulary


Here are the French words for various kinds of meat.
la viande meat
l'agneau (m) lamb
les anchois (m) anchovies
le bifteck steak
la dinde turkey
les escargots (m) snails
le jambon ham
le lapin rabbit
le poisson fish
le porc pork
le poulet chicken
le rosbif roast beef
le saucisson sausage
le veau veal

Dairy Products - French Food Vocabulary


Learn how to talk about dairy products in French.
le babeurre buttermilk
le beurre butter
la crme cream
la crme frache very thick, slightly sour cream
le fromage cheese

le fromage blanc cream cheese


la glace ice cream
le lait milk
le yaourt yogurt

Dessert - French Food Vocabulary


To finish off your meal with a delicious dessert, learn these tasty French words.
le dessert dessert
le biscuit cookie
les bonbons candy
le chocolat chocolate
la crme brle custard with burnt sugar topping
la crme caramel flan
le fromage cheese
les fruits (m) fruit
le gteau cake
la glace ice cream
la mousse au chocolat chocolate mousse
la tarte pie
la vanille vanilla
Note: In France, coffee is served after dessert, not with it.