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The complete list of the 1000 most common French words

This list of the most common French words is the result of a statistical analysis that we performed on a large collection of French documents including news articles and other articles available on the internet.

French is a Romance language that evolved from Latin, therefore many of the most common French vocabulary words are derived from Latin words.

This vocabulary list is sorted by frequency, with the most common word appearing at the top of the list. You will notice that frequently used words tend to be shorter, a phenomenon that holds true for most languages and which is known in linguistics as Zipf's law of abbreviation or the brevity law.

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The thousand most common French vocabulary words

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  1. le
    [article]
    (the)

    Le is the masculine form of the French definite article. It originates from the Latin demonstrative pronoun ille.

  2. de
    [preposition]
    (of)
  3. être
    [verb]
    (to be)

    The word être has been marked with a circumflex accent to indicate a letter ‘s’ which has disappeared. In the Middle Ages, this word was spelled estre. Other examples of this phenomenon include the word forêt (which used to be written forest in old French) and the word île (which used to be spelled isle).

  4. un
    [article]
    (a)

    In contrast to English, the French language uses the same word for the (masculine singular) indefinite article and the number “one”.

  5. à
    [preposition]
    (to)

    The accent on this word serves to distinguish it from its homophone, the letter ‘a’ without accent, which is the third-person singular form of the verb “avoir” conjugated in the present indicative tense.

  6. avoir
    [verb]
    (to have)

    The French verbs être and avoir are very frequently used because they also serve as auxiliary verbs to form compound tenses.

  7. il
    [pronoun]
    (he)
  8. ce
    [determiner]
    (this)
  9. en
    [preposition]
    (in)
  10. et
    [conjunction]
    (and)

    The French word “et” comes directly from Latin. English speakers will recognize it in the Latin phrase “et cetera”, frequently abbreviated as “etc”.

  11. pour
    [preposition]
    (for)
  12. pas
    [adverb]
    (not)
  13. son
    [determiner]
    (his)
  14. dans
    [preposition]
    (in)
  15. je
    [pronoun]
    (I)
  16. se
    [pronoun]
    (itself, himself, herself)

    In French, the word “se” functions as a third-person reflexive pronoun. This word is frequently encountered because the French language has many reflexive verbs.

  17. lui
    [pronoun]
    (him)
  18. sur
    [preposition]
    (on)
  19. par
    [preposition]
    (through)
  20. nous
    [pronoun]
    (we)
  21. on
    [pronoun]
    (someone, some people, we)

    The French word “on” is a personal pronoun with no exact English equivalent. In some cases, it can be translated as “one” or “someone”, while in others, it can mean “people” or “they.” In informal conversation, this pronoun is also frequently used instead of the pronoun “nous” (which means “we”).

  22. au
    [contraction]
    (contraction of “à le”)

    The French word “au” is a contraction of the preposition “à” (which means “to” or “at”) and the definite article “le.” When these two words are combined, the resulting contraction means “to the” or “at the”.

  23. ne
    [particle]
    (not)
  24. tout
    [adjective]
    (all)
  25. vous
    [pronoun]
    (you - plural)
  26. faire
    [verb]
    (to do)

    This French verb has the same origin as the Spanish verb “hacer” and the Italian verb “fàre.” These all originate from the Latin verb “facere”.

  27. avec
    [preposition]
    (with)
  28. plus
    [adverb]
    (more)
  29. pouvoir
    [verb]
    (to be able to)
  30. très
    [adverb]
    (very)
  31. mais
    [conjunction]
    (but)
  32. aussi
    [adverb]
    (too)
  33. leur
    [determiner]
    (their)
  34. devoir
    [verb]
    (to have to)
  35. votre
    [determiner]
    (your)
  36. que
    [conjunction]
    (that)
  37. notre
    [determiner]
    (our)
  38. donc
    [adverb]
    (therefore)
  39. bien
    [adverb]
    (well)
  40. aller
    [verb]
    (to go)
  41. également
    [adverb]
    (also)
  42. mon
    [determiner]
    (my)
  43. cela
    [pronoun]
    (that)
  44. falloir
    [verb]
    (to need)
  45. autre
    [adjective]
    (other)
  46. y
    [pronoun]
    (there)
  47. même
    [adverb]
    (even)
  48. nouveau
    [adjective]
    (new)
  49. deux
    [numeral]
    (two)

    This French word is derived from the Latin term “duo”, which is also the origin of the words “dos” in Spanish and “due” in Italian.

  50. bon
    [adjective]
    (good)

    This common French adjective has the same origin as the Spanish word “bueno” (like in Buenos Aires) and the Italian word “buono”. They all derive from the Latin term “bonus”

  51. premier
    [adjective]
    (first)
  52. me
    [pronoun]
    (me)
  53. toujours
    [adverb]
    (always)
  54. encore
    [adverb]
    (again, still)
  55. qui
    [pronoun]
    (who)
  56. prendre
    [verb]
    (to take)
  57. rester
    [verb]
    (to stay)
  58. sans
    [preposition]
    (without)
  59. alors
    [adverb]
    (then)
  60. an
    [noun]
    (year)
  61. grand
    [adjective]
    (big)
  62. voir
    [verb]
    (to see)
  63. site
    [noun]
    (site)
  64. français
    [adjective]
    (French)
  65. travail
    [noun]
    (work)

    The French word “travail” means “work” in English. Despite —or perhaps, because of— the French emphasis on maintaining a good balance between work and personal life, the word “travail” is one of the most frequently used French nouns.

  66. naître
    [verb]
    (to be born)
  67. vouloir
    [verb]
    (to want)
  68. ou
    [conjunction]
    (or)
  69. depuis
    [preposition]
    (since)
  70. jour
    [noun]
    (day)
  71. temps
    [noun]
    (time)
  72. comme
    [conjunction]
    (as)
  73. question
    [noun]
    (question)
  74. personne
    [noun]
    (person)

    “Personne” is a common French word that has several meanings. As a noun it means “a person”, but when used as a pronoun it means “no one”, or “nobody”.

  75. beaucoup
    [adverb]
    (a lot)
  76. passer
    [verb]
  77. place
    [noun]
    (a place, a square)
  78. devenir
    [verb]
    (to become)
  79. vie
    [noun]
    (life)
  80. pourcent
    [noun]
    (percent)
  81. monde
    [noun]
    (world)
  82. connaître
    [verb]
    (to know)
  83. groupe
    [noun]
    (group)
  84. déjà
    [adverb]
    (already)
  85. attendre
    [verb]
    (to wait)
  86. [adverb]
    (there)
  87. sous
    [preposition]
    (under)
  88. homme
    [noun]
    (man)
  89. rien
    [pronoun]
    (nothing)
  90. venir
    [verb]
    (to come)
  91. résultat
    [noun]
    (result)
  92. petit
    [adjective]
    (small)
  93. projet
    [noun]
    (project)
  94. point
    [noun]
    (point)
  95. dernier
    [adjective]
    (last)
  96. jeu
    [noun]
    (game)
  97. euro
    [noun]
    (euro)
  98. mettre
    [verb]
    (to put)
  99. politique
    [adjective]
    (political)
  100. problème
    [noun]
    (problem)
  101. enfant
    [noun]
    (child)

    This French word comes from the Latin word “īnfāns”. French is a language that originates from Latin, and as a result, there are many similarities between French and Latin.

  102. quelque
    [determiner]
    (some)
  103. dire
    [verb]
    (to say)
  104. plusieurs
    [adjective]
    (several)
  105. aucun
    [adjective]
    (none)
  106. ville
    [noun]
    (city, town)
  107. chose
    [noun]
    (thing)
  108. entre
    [preposition]
    (between)
  109. commencer
    [verb]
    (to begin)
  110. après
    [preposition]
    (after)
  111. vraiment
    [adverb]
    (really)
  112. contre
    [preposition]
    (against)
  113. vers
    [preposition]
    (towards)
  114. fin
    [noun]
    (end)
  115. savoir
    [verb]
    (to know)
  116. France
    [proper noun]
    (France)
  117. partie
    [noun]
    (part)
  118. heure
    [noun]
    (hour)
  119. service
    [noun]
    (service)
  120. situation
    [noun]
    (situation)
  121. ici
    [adverb]
    (here)
  122. cas
    [noun]
    (case)
  123. pays
    [noun]
    (country)
  124. important
    [adjective]
    (important)
  125. cours
    [noun]
    (the course, the rate)
  126. merci
    [noun]
    (thank-you)
  127. trois
    [numeral]
    (three)
  128. prix
    [noun]
    (price, award)

    The French word “prix” has two different meanings. It can mean the price of something which is for sale. It can also refer to a prize, such as “le prix Nobel”, or “le prix Goncourt” (a literary prize).

  129. prévoir
    [verb]
    (to expect, to anticipate)
  130. seul
    [adjective]
    (alone, lonely)
  131. public
    [adjective]
    (public)
  132. année
    [noun]
    (year)
  133. peu
    [adverb]
    (a little, not much, not very)
  134. lieu
    [noun]
    (place)
  135. histoire
    [noun]
    (story, history)
  136. compte
    [noun]
    (account)
  137. maintenant
    [adverb]
    (now)
  138. ensuite
    [adverb]
    (afterwards, later, next)
  139. retour
    [noun]
    (return)
  140. ainsi
    [adverb]
    (thus)
  141. équipe
    [noun]
    (team)
  142. mois
    [noun]
    (month)
  143. recherche
    [noun]
    (research)
  144. match
    [noun]
    (match)

    Because of the important role of soccer in French culture, it is not surprising to find this word among the most common French words.

  145. chez
    [preposition]
    (at, to)
  146. comment
    [adverb]
    (how)
  147. chaque
    [adjective]
    (each)
  148. photo
    [noun]
    (photo)
  149. trop
    [adverb]
    (too)
  150. information
    [noun]
    (information)
  151. demande
    [noun]
    (request)
  152. suivre
    [verb]
    (to follow)
  153. marché
    [noun]
    (market)
  154. famille
    [noun]
    (family)
  155. réponse
    [noun]
    (answer)
  156. droit
    [noun]
    (right)
  157. nombreux
    [adjective]
    (numerous)
  158. système
    [noun]
    (system)
  159. jamais
    [adverb]
    (never)
  160. bel
    [adjective]
    (good-looking, pretty)
  161. formation
    [noun]
    (a training, a forming)
  162. coup
    [noun]
    (blow)
  163. ligne
    [noun]
    (line)
  164. fait
    [noun]
    (fact)
  165. non
    [adverb]
    (no)
  166. forme
    [noun]
    (shape)
  167. mort
    [noun]
    (dead person)
  168. femme
    [noun]
    (woman)

    The French word “femme” is derived from the Latin word “fēmina.”

  169. film
    [noun]
    (film)
  170. changer
    [verb]
    (to change)
  171. donner
    [verb]
    (to give)
  172. avant
    [preposition]
    (before)
  173. général
    [adjective]
    (general)
  174. affaire
    [noun]
    (affair)
  175. différent
    [adjective]
    (different)
  176. trouver
    [verb]
    (to find)
  177. semaine
    [noun]
    (week)

    The French word “semaine” comes from the late Latin word “septimāna”, itself derived from the Latin word “septimus” meaning “seventh”.

  178. jeune
    [adjective]
    (young)
  179. page
    [noun]
    (page)
  180. ouvrir
    [verb]
    (to open)
  181. entreprise
    [noun]
    (company)
  182. perdre
    [verb]
    (to lose)
  183. tu
    [pronoun]
    (you)
  184. ton
    [determiner]
    (your)
  185. Paris
    [proper noun]
    (Paris)
  186. moment
    [noun]
    (moment)
  187. fort
    [adjective]
    (strong)
  188. américain
    [adjective]
    (American)
  189. souvent
    [adverb]
    (often)
  190. assez
    [adverb]
    (enough)
  191. million
    [numeral]
    (million)
  192. image
    [noun]
    (image)
  193. vrai
    [adjective]
    (true)
  194. quel
    [adjective]
    (which)
  195. dollar
    [noun]
    (dollar)
  196. septembre
    [noun]
    (September)
  197. utiliser
    [verb]
    (to utilize)
  198. ci
    [adverb]
    (here)
  199. permettre
    [verb]
    (to allow)
  200. simple
    [adjective]
    (simple)
  201. nom
    [noun]
    (name)
  202. exister
    [verb]
    (to exist)
  203. moins
    [adverb]
    (less)
  204. titre
    [noun]
    (title)
  205. parler
    [verb]
    (to talk)
  206. jouer
    [verb]
    (to play)
  207. revenir
    [verb]
    (to come back)
  208. programme
    [noun]
    (a program)
  209. prochain
    [adjective]
    (next, upcoming)
  210. porte
    [noun]
    (door)
  211. joueur
    [noun]
    (player)
  212. choix
    [noun]
    (choice)
  213. appeler
    [verb]
    (to call)
  214. cependant
    [adverb]
    (however)
  215. disponible
    [adjective]
    (available)
  216. juin
    [noun]
    (June)
  217. exemple
    [noun]
    (example)
  218. président
    [noun]
    (president)
  219. activité
    [noun]
    (activity)
  220. maison
    [noun]
    (house)
  221. comprendre
    [verb]
    (to understand)
  222. difficile
    [adjective]
    (difficult)
  223. tenir
    [verb]
    (to hold)
  224. début
    [noun]
    (beginning)
  225. pourtant
    [adverb]
    (yet)
  226. décision
    [noun]
    (decision)
  227. livre
    [noun]
    (book)

    The French word “livre” originates from the Latin word “liber.” So does the English word “library.”

  228. acteur
    [noun]
    (actor)
  229. fois
    [noun]
    (time)
  230. long
    [adjective]
    (long)
  231. mal
    [adverb]
    (badly)
  232. mesure
    [noun]
    (measure)
  233. centre
    [noun]
    (center)
  234. effet
    [noun]
    (effect)
  235. risque
    [noun]
    (risk)
  236. sembler
    [verb]
    (to seem)
  237. celui
    [pronoun]
    (the one)
  238. rencontre
    [noun]
    (encounter, meeting)
  239. produit
    [noun]
    (product)
  240. société
    [noun]
    (society)
  241. actuellement
    [adverb]
    (currently)
  242. action
    [noun]
    (a deed)
  243. gouvernement
    [noun]
    (government)
  244. technique
    [adjective]
    (technical)
  245. niveau
    [noun]
    (level)
  246. pourquoi
    [adverb]
    (why)
  247. qualité
    [noun]
    (quality)
  248. journée
    [noun]
    (day)
  249. sortir
    [verb]
    (to go out)
  250. article
    [noun]
    (article)
  251. janvier
    [noun]
    (January)
  252. principal
    [adjective]
    (main)
  253. surtout
    [adverb]
    (above all)
  254. suite
    [noun]
    (continuation)
  255. plan
    [noun]
    (plan)
  256. désormais
    [adverb]
    (from now on)
  257. toutefois
    [adverb]
    (however)
  258. possible
    [adjective]
    (possible)
  259. octobre
    [noun]
    (October)
  260. eau
    [noun]
    (water)

    The French word “eau” originates from the Latin word “aqua.”

  261. professionnel
    [adjective]
    (professional)
  262. créer
    [verb]
    (to create)
  263. avril
    [noun]
    (April)
  264. région
    [noun]
    (region)
  265. social
    [adjective]
    (social)
  266. moi
    [pronoun]
    (me)
  267. national
    [adjective]
    (national)
  268. texte
    [noun]
    (text)
  269. selon
    [preposition]
    (according to)
  270. juillet
    [noun]
    (July)
  271. tête
    [noun]
    (head)
  272. pratique
    [noun]
    (practice)
  273. offrir
    [verb]
    (to offer)
  274. recevoir
    [verb]
    (to receive)
  275. mars
    [noun]
    (March - the month)
  276. européen
    [adjective]
    (European)
  277. ailleurs
    [adverb]
    (somewhere else)
  278. poursuivre
    [verb]
    (to chase)
  279. enfin
    [adverb]
    (finally)
  280. pendant
    [preposition]
    (during)
  281. sujet
    [noun]
    (subject)
  282. solution
    [noun]
    (solution)
  283. certain
    [determiner]
    (certain)
  284. mai
    [noun]
    (May)
  285. réaliser
    [verb]
    (to carry out, to make)
  286. saison
    [noun]
    (season)
  287. ensemble
    [noun]
    (together)
  288. raison
    [noun]
    (reason)
  289. développement
    [noun]
    (development)
  290. meilleur
    [adjective]
    (better)
  291. liste
    [noun]
    (list)
  292. but
    [noun]
    (aim)
  293. mot
    [noun]
    (word)
  294. plutôt
    [adverb]
    (rather, instead)
  295. école
    [noun]
    (school)
  296. lancer
    [verb]
    (to throw)
  297. état
    [noun]
    (state)
  298. carte
    [noun]
    (card)
  299. international
    [adjective]
    (international)
  300. musique
    [noun]
    (music)
  301. novembre
    [noun]
    (November)
  302. base
    [noun]
    (base)
  303. club
    [noun]
    (club)
  304. main
    [noun]
    (hand)

    The French word “main” has the same origin as the Spanish word “mano.” Both come from the Latin word “manus”.

  305. dossier
    [noun]
    (folder, file, case)

    The French word “dossier” can refer to a “file” as in a set of documents related to a project or a person. In computer terminology, this word refers to a “folder”, while the French word “fichier” refers to a computer file.

  306. membre
    [noun]
    (member)
  307. environ
    [adverb]
    (about)
  308. devant
    [preposition]
    (in front)
  309. fonction
    [noun]
    (function)
  310. décembre
    [noun]
    (December)
  311. arriver
    [verb]
    (to arrive)
  312. ça
    [preposition]
    (that)
  313. mise
    [noun]
    (placement)
  314. février
    [noun]
    (February)
  315. reprendre
    [verb]
    (to resume, to take back)
  316. date
    [noun]
    (date)
  317. modèle
    [noun]
    (model)
  318. vivre
    [verb]
    (to live)
  319. chiffre
    [noun]
    (a digit)
  320. conseil
    [noun]
    (an advice, a council)
  321. besoin
    [noun]
    (need)
  322. loi
    [noun]
    (law)
  323. étude
    [noun]
    (study)
  324. couleur
    [noun]
    (color)
  325. gens
    [noun]
    (some group of people)
  326. objectif
    [noun]
    (objective)
  327. deuxième
    [adjective]
    (second)
  328. rapport
    [noun]
    (report, ratio)
  329. découvrir
    [verb]
    (to discover)
  330. idée
    [noun]
    (idea)
  331. succès
    [noun]
    (success)
  332. jusque
    [preposition]
    (until)
  333. guerre
    [noun]
    (war)

    Sadly, the world is not always peaceful, and so the French word “guerre” (which means “war”) frequently occurs in news stories. This term’s antonym, the word “paix” (meaning “peace”), is also in this list of most common French words, although slightly lower down the list.

  334. rôle
    [noun]
    (role)
  335. valeur
    [noun]
    (value)
  336. agir
    [verb]
    (to act)
  337. rendre
    [verb]
    (to return)
  338. sécurité
    [noun]
    (security)
  339. puis
    [conjunction]
    (then)
  340. victoire
    [noun]
    (victory)
  341. ancien
    [adjective]
    (old)
  342. crise
    [noun]
    (crisis)
  343. tour
    [noun]
    (tower)
  344. dès
    [preposition]
    (from)
  345. annoncer
    [verb]
    (to announce)
  346. croire
    [verb]
    (to believe)
  347. côté
    [noun]
    (side)
  348. minute
    [noun]
    (minute)
  349. vue
    [noun]
    (sight)
  350. gros
    [adjective]
    (big)
  351. nuit
    [noun]
    (night)
  352. parfois
    [adverb]
    (sometimes)
  353. association
    [noun]
    (association)
  354. aide
    [noun]
    (help)
  355. travailler
    [verb]
    (to work)
  356. obtenir
    [verb]
    (to obtain)
  357. force
    [noun]
    (force)
  358. complet
    [adjective]
    (full, complete)
  359. départ
    [noun]
    (departure)
  360. plein
    [adjective]
    (full)
  361. moyen
    [noun]
    (a method, a means)
  362. si
    [conjunction]
    (if)
  363. dur
    [adjective]
    (hard)
  364. partir
    [verb]
    (to leave)
  365. cause
    [noun]
    (cause)
  366. route
    [noun]
    (road)
  367. visite
    [noun]
    (visit)
  368. donnée
    [noun]
    (data)
  369. débat
    [noun]
    (debate)
  370. opération
    [noun]
    (operation)
  371. loin
    [adverb]
    (far)
  372. réseau
    [noun]
    (network)
  373. police
    [noun]
    (police)
  374. vente
    [noun]
    (sale)
  375. répondre
    [verb]
    (to answer)
  376. terminer
    [verb]
    (to end)
  377. local
    [adjective]
    (local)
  378. économique
    [adjective]
    (economic)
  379. condition
    [noun]
    (condition)
  380. choisir
    [verb]
    (to choose)
  381. finir
    [verb]
    (to finish)
  382. août
    [noun]
    (August)
  383. quatre
    [numeral]
    (four)
  384. proposer
    [verb]
    (to propose)
  385. servir
    [verb]
    (to serve)
  386. arrêter
    [verb]
    (to stop)
  387. expérience
    [noun]
    (experience, experiment)
  388. gestion
    [noun]
    (administration)
  389. population
    [noun]
    (population)
  390. nombre
    [noun]
    (number)
  391. mouvement
    [noun]
    (movement)
  392. présent
    [adjective]
    (present)
  393. type
    [noun]
    (kind)
  394. retrouver
    [verb]
    (to find again)
  395. accord
    [noun]
    (an agreement)
  396. version
    [noun]
    (version)
  397. langue
    [noun]
    (a language)
  398. présenter
    [verb]
    (to present)
  399. gagner
    [verb]
    (to win)
  400. corps
    [noun]
    (body)
  401. voilà
    [verb]
    (there is)
  402. salle
    [noun]
    (hall)
  403. secteur
    [noun]
    (sector)
  404. terrain
    [noun]
    (ground)
  405. posséder
    [verb]
    (to own)
  406. mieux
    [adverb]
    (better)
  407. demander
    [verb]
    (to ask)
  408. mourir
    [verb]
    (to die)
  409. direction
    [noun]
    (direction)
  410. porter
    [verb]
    (to carry)
  411. terre
    [noun]
    (earth)

    The French word “terre” comes from the Latin word “terra”. The English word “terrestrial” has the same etymology, as it also originates from the same Latin root.

  412. financier
    [adjective]
    (financial)
  413. voici
    [preposition]
    (here is)
  414. noir
    [adjective]
    (black)
  415. changement
    [noun]
    (change)
  416. particulièrement
    [adverb]
    (particularly)
  417. sortie
    [noun]
    (exit)
  418. course
    [noun]
    (race)
  419. entendre
    [verb]
    (to hear)
  420. dimanche
    [noun]
    (Sunday)
  421. personnel
    [adjective]
    (personal)
  422. beau
    [adjective]
    (pretty)
  423. appel
    [noun]
    (call)
  424. contrat
    [noun]
    (contract)

    Notice how this French word differs from its English counterpart through the absence of the letter ‘c’. In Old French, the letter ‘c’ was present in this word, and the English term is a borrowing from Old French. The origin of this word is the Latin word “contractum”.

  425. libre
    [adjective]
    (free)
  426. presse
    [noun]
    (the press)
  427. particulier
    [adjective]
    (particular)
  428. habitant
    [noun]
    (an inhabitant)
  429. écrire
    [verb]
    (to write)
  430. oeil
    [noun]
    (an eye)
  431. assurer
    [verb]
    (to assure)
  432. lien
    [noun]
    (link)
  433. vite
    [adverb]
    (quickly)
  434. enquête
    [noun]
    (investigation)
  435. quand
    [conjunction]
    (when)

    This common French adverb has the same origin and meaning as the Spanish word “cuando” and the Italian word “quando” —these are all derived from the Latin term “quandō”.

  436. humain
    [adjective]
    (human)
  437. contrôle
    [noun]
    (control)
  438. vendredi
    [noun]
    (Friday)
  439. voiture
    [noun]
    (car)

    The French word “voiture” (which means “car”) is frequently used despite the advanced state of public transport (subways, fast trains, etc.) in France. Hopefully, given the growing environmental efforts, the word “vélo” (which means “bicycle”) will also someday appear among the thousand most common French words. Unfortunately, that is not yet the case.

  440. production
    [noun]
    (production)
  441. fête
    [noun]
    (a holiday, a party)
  442. commune
    [noun]
    (a town)
  443. chef
    [noun]
    (manager, boss)

    The French word “chef” is also used in English in the context of culinary arts. This word has a broader meaning in French, as it also refers to a boss or a manager. As a result of this additional meaning, this term ranks highly among the most frequently used French words.

  444. mauvais
    [adjective]
    (bad)
  445. période
    [noun]
    (period)
  446. victime
    [noun]
    (victim)
  447. haut
    [adjective]
    (high)
  448. série
    [noun]
    (series)
  449. poste
    [noun]
    (post office)

    This word corresponds to two different French words. The first one, which is feminine is “la poste” which means “the post office”. The second one is masculine, “le poste” means “the position” in the sense of “the job”.

  450. document
    [noun]
    (document)
  451. détail
    [noun]
    (detail)
  452. méthode
    [noun]
    (method)
  453. part
    [noun]
    (a hare)
  454. fille
    [noun]
    (a girl)
  455. durée
    [noun]
    (duration)
  456. traitement
    [noun]
    (treatment)
  457. réussir
    [verb]
    (to succeed in)
  458. véritable
    [adjective]
    (real, genuine)

    This French adjective comes from the French noun “vérité”, which means “truth”.

  459. laisser
    [verb]
    (to leave)
  460. second
    [adjective]
    (second)
  461. village
    [noun]
    (village)
  462. position
    [noun]
    (position)
  463. scène
    [noun]
    (stage)
  464. troisième
    [adjective]
    (third)
  465. juste
    [adverb]
    (exactly)
  466. excellent
    [adjective]
    (excellent)
  467. domaine
    [noun]
    (domain)
  468. continuer
    [verb]
    (to continue)
  469. création
    [noun]
    (creation)
  470. samedi
    [noun]
    (Saturday)
  471. marque
    [noun]
    (brand)
  472. publier
    [verb]
    (to publish)
  473. message
    [noun]
    (message)
  474. organisation
    [noun]
    (organization)
  475. vidéo
    [noun]
    (video)
  476. total
    [adjective]
    (total)
  477. client
    [noun]
    (customer)
  478. lundi
    [noun]
    (Monday)
  479. réalité
    [noun]
    (reality)
  480. organiser
    [verb]
    (to organise)
  481. te
    [pronoun]
    (yourself, you)

    The French pronoun te is used instead of tu for the grammatical case corresponding to a direct or indirect object. It is also used as the reflexive second-person singular pronoun.

  482. Europe
    [proper noun]
    (Europe)
  483. cinq
    [numeral]
    (five)
  484. pièce
    [noun]
    (piece)

    “Pièce” is a common French word because it has four meanings. The basic meaning of the word “pièce” is “piece” or “part”, as in a portion or fragment of something. The word “pièce” can also refer to a room within a building. In the context of money, the word “pièce” can mean a “coin,” as in a physical unit of currency. In the context of theater and performing arts, the word “pièce” means “play”.

  485. pied
    [noun]
    (foot)
  486. sentir
    [verb]
    (to smell)
  487. voyage
    [noun]
    (travel)
  488. santé
    [noun]
    (health)
  489. rapidement
    [adverb]
    (quickly, fast)
  490. origine
    [noun]
    (origin)
  491. clair
    [adjective]
    (clear)
  492. soirée
    [noun]
    (evening)
  493. allemand
    [adjective]
    (German)
  494. [adverb]
    (where)

    The grave accent on the word serves to distinguish it from its homonym, the word ou which means “or”.

  495. spectacle
    [noun]
    (spectacle)
  496. principe
    [noun]
    (principle)
  497. art
    [noun]
    (art)
  498. mercredi
    [noun]
    (Wednesday)
  499. ordre
    [noun]
    (order)
  500. atteindre
    [verb]
    (to attain)
  501. actuel
    [adjective]
    (current)
  502. communication
    [noun]
    (communication)
  503. nécessaire
    [adjective]
    (necessary)
  504. partager
    [verb]
    (to share)
  505. père
    [noun]
    (father)

    For just about any language, a word with this meaning can be expected to appear in the list of most common words. In the case of French, this word originates from the Latin word “pater”.

  506. plaisir
    [noun]
    (pleasure)
  507. gratuit
    [adjective]
    (free of charge)

    In the English language, the word “free” is used both in the sense of “freedom” and in the sense of “without cost”. In French, there are two different vocabulary words: “libre” for the first meaning, and “gratuit” for the second. Both of these are among the most frequently used French words.

  508. classe
    [noun]
    (class)
  509. élève
    [noun]
    (student)

    In French, the word “élève” is often used to refer to a younger student, while the word “étudiant” is often used when referring to a student who has graduated high school.

  510. parti
    [noun]
    (political party)
  511. campagne
    [noun]
    (country)

    This French word means “country” in the sense of “countryside”. Another meaning of this word is “campaign” as in “advertising campaign” which is “campagne publicitaire” in French.

  512. source
    [noun]
    (source)
  513. simplement
    [adverb]
    (simply)

    This common French adverb is formed by adding the suffix “-ment” to the adjective “simple”. More about this in this guide to French adverbs.

  514. propre
    [adjective]
    (clean)
  515. court
    [adjective]
    (short)
  516. culture
    [noun]
    (farming, growing, culture)
  517. analyse
    [noun]
    (analysis)
  518. seulement
    [adverb]
    (only)
  519. blanc
    [adjective]
    (white)
  520. certains
    [pronoun]
    (some)
  521. application
    [noun]
    (application)
  522. rue
    [noun]
    (street)
  523. fond
    [noun]
    (fund)
  524. commentaire
    [noun]
    (comment)
  525. parent
    [noun]
    (relative)
  526. emploi
    [noun]
    (job)

    This French word comes from the verb “employer” which means “to use”.

  527. presque
    [adverb]
    (almost)
  528. auteur
    [noun]
    (author)
  529. chambre
    [noun]
    (room)
  530. voie
    [noun]
    (way)

    The words voie and voix are homophones: although they are pronounced the same, they have different meanings. The first comes from the Latin word via and means “way” or “path”. The second comes from the Latin word vox and means “voice”.

  531. autorité
    [noun]
    (authority)
  532. plupart
    [noun]
    (most of, the majority)
  533. notamment
    [adverb]
    (notably)

    In a professional context, the French adverb “notamment” is often used to introduce on or more specific examples. When used in that way, it can be translated to English as “in particular.”

  534. entrée
    [noun]
    (entrance)

    In the context of buildings, the word “entrée” means “entrance”. The word “entrée” can also mean “appetizer” or “starter” in French cuisine. This usage is common in restaurants and culinary contexts, where a meal is often divided into different courses, and the entrée is the first course. Note that the English language has borrowed this French word but has given it a different meaning: in English, the word “entrée” refers to the main course meal.

  535. commande
    [noun]
    (an order)
  536. finalement
    [adverb]
    (in the end)
  537. lire
    [verb]
    (to read)
  538. concerner
    [verb]
    (to concern)
  539. varier
    [verb]
    (to vary)
  540. envoyer
    [verb]
    (to send)
  541. milieu
    [noun]
    (the center, the middle)

    The word milieu in French word has several meanings: it can mean “the middle” as in “the center”, but it can also mean the “background” someone comes from.

  542. avis
    [noun]
    (opinion)

    The most common meaning of this French word is “opinion”. In other contexts, it can also mean “an announcement” or “a notice”.

  543. logiciel
    [noun]
    (software)

    Although the French language does often borrow computer-related vocabulary words from English, the word “logiciel” is not one of these.

  544. mission
    [noun]
    (mission)
  545. coût
    [noun]
    (cost)

    This French word is pronounced the same as the French word for “neck” which is “cou”. They are homophones, meaning that they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

  546. limite
    [noun]
    (limit)
  547. hausse
    [noun]
    (rise)
  548. bilan
    [noun]
    (balance sheet)

    This French word comes from the Italian term “bilancio”. Both of these words have two possible meanings depending on the context. The first meaning is “balance sheet”. The second meaning is “assessment” or “outcome”.

  549. intérieur
    [noun]
    (interior)
  550. présentation
    [noun]
    (presentation)
  551. ami
    [noun]
    (friend)

    This word is spelled ami when it is masculine, and amie when it is feminine. They are pronounced the same, but because they are used with different grammatical articles (un vs une for example), they are easy to distinguish even in spoken language.

  552. charge
    [noun]
    (load)
  553. ouvert
    [adjective]
    (open)
  554. internet
    [noun]
    (the Internet)
  555. ministre
    [noun]
    (minister)

    This French vocabulary word refers to a head of a government department, and not to a member of the clergy.

  556. directeur
    [noun]
    (director)
  557. bas
    [adjective]
    (low)
  558. nature
    [noun]
    (nature)
  559. espace
    [noun]
    (space)
  560. mode
    [noun]
    (fashion)

    “La mode” (the French word for “fashion”) comes up a lot because Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world, with famous French brands like Dior, Vuitton, and Chanel.

  561. construction
    [noun]
    (construction)
  562. réaction
    [noun]
    (reaction)
  563. préférer
    [verb]
    (to prefer)
  564. rapide
    [adjective]
    (fast)
  565. face
    [noun]
    (face)
  566. situer
    [verb]
    (to locate)
  567. inscrire
    [verb]
    (to inscribe)
  568. milliard
    [noun]
    (a billion)
  569. outil
    [noun]
    (tool)
  570. combat
    [noun]
    (struggle, fight)
  571. paraître
    [verb]
    (to appear)
  572. chemin
    [noun]
    (path)
  573. règle
    [noun]
    (rule)
  574. attention
    [noun]
    (attention)

    When used as an interjection, this French word means “watch out”.

  575. chance
    [noun]
    (chance)
  576. manque
    [noun]
    (lack)
  577. marquer
    [verb]
    (to mark)
  578. confiance
    [noun]
    (confidence)
  579. or
    [noun]
    (gold)
  580. double
    [adjective]
    (double)
  581. confirmer
    [verb]
    (to confirm)
  582. personnage
    [noun]
    (character)
  583. intéressant
    [adjective]
    (interesting)
  584. relation
    [noun]
    (relation)
  585. élément
    [noun]
    (element)
  586. jeudi
    [noun]
    (Thursday)
  587. reconnaître
    [verb]
    (to recognize)
  588. historique
    [adjective]
    (historical)
  589. prêt
    [adjective]
    (ready)

    The French adjective “prêt” means “ready.” If you go clothes shopping in France, you might see this word in the compound term prêt-à-porter (which literally means “ready-to-wear”) as opposed to haute couture, which is custom-made and tailored for the individual.

  590. toucher
    [verb]
    (to touch)
  591. étape
    [noun]
    (stage)
  592. siège
    [noun]
    (seat)

    The French word “siège” means “seat” (where you sit down). By extension, it can also refer to the headquarters of an organization.

  593. mardi
    [noun]
    (Tuesday)
  594. effectuer
    [verb]
    ( to perform, to carry out)
  595. consulter
    [verb]
    (to consult)
  596. facile
    [adjective]
    (easy)
  597. proposition
    [noun]
    (proposition)
  598. unique
    [adjective]
    (unique)
  599. durer
    [verb]
    (to last)
  600. artiste
    [noun]
    (artist)
  601. anglais
    [adjective]
    (English)
  602. rouge
    [adjective]
    (red)
  603. terme
    [noun]
    (an end, a term)
  604. pression
    [noun]
    (pressure)
  605. décéder
    [verb]
    (to pass away)
  606. justice
    [noun]
    (justice)
  607. penser
    [verb]
    (to think)

    This French verb comes from the Latin term “pēnsāre”. It has similar forms in other Romance languages: “pensar” in Spanish, and “pensare” in Italian.

  608. commission
    [noun]
    (commission)
  609. rêve
    [noun]
    (dream)
  610. cliquer
    [verb]
    (to click)
  611. critique
    [noun]
    (criticism)
  612. séance
    [noun]
    (session)
  613. doute
    [noun]
    (doubt)
  614. connaissance
    [noun]
    (knowledge)
  615. inscription
    [noun]
    (registration)
  616. officiel
    [adjective]
    (official)
  617. zone
    [noun]
    (zone)
  618. mère
    [noun]
    (mother)

    In nearly every language one would expect a word with this meaning to appear in the list of most common words. It is indeed the case with French. The origin of this word is the Latin word “mater”.

  619. payer
    [verb]
    (to pay)

    This French verb is similar to its English counterpart, the reason is that English borrowed it from Old French. Going back further, its origin is the Latin word “pacare”, a form of the verb “pāco” which means “to pacify” or “to subdue”.

  620. possibilité
    [noun]
    (possibility)
  621. oublier
    [verb]
    (to forget)
  622. siècle
    [noun]
    (century)
  623. accès
    [noun]
    (access)
  624. mondial
    [adjective]
    (global)
  625. prison
    [noun]
    (jail, prison)
  626. remettre
    [verb]
    (to put back)
  627. université
    [noun]
    (university)
  628. marche
    [noun]
    (march)
  629. car
    [conjunction]
    (because)
  630. structure
    [noun]
    (structure)
  631. responsabilité
    [noun]
    (responsibility)
  632. apparaître
    [verb]
    (to appear)
  633. poser
    [verb]
    (to put down)
  634. construire
    [verb]
    (to build)
  635. droite
    [noun]
    (right side)
  636. phénomène
    [noun]
    (phenomenon)
  637. animal
    [noun]
    (animal)
  638. liberté
    [noun]
    (freedom)
  639. prise
    [noun]
    (socket)
  640. journal
    [noun]
    (newspaper)
  641. objet
    [noun]
    (object)
  642. accueillir
    [verb]
    (to welcome)
  643. discussion
    [noun]
    (discussion)
  644. baisse
    [noun]
    (decrease)
  645. fixer
    [verb]
    (to fasten)
  646. bois
    [noun]
    (wood)
  647. aimer
    [verb]
    (to love)
  648. erreur
    [noun]
    (mistake)
  649. carrière
    [noun]
    (career)
  650. tomber
    [verb]
    (to fall)
  651. bientôt
    [adverb]
    (soon)
  652. naturel
    [adjective]
    (natural)
  653. événement
    [noun]
    (event)
  654. apprendre
    [verb]
    (to learn)
  655. banque
    [noun]
    (bank)
  656. journaliste
    [noun]
    (a journalist)
  657. intérêt
    [noun]
    (interest)
  658. coeur
    [noun]
    (heart)
  659. peine
    [noun]
    (penalty, punishment, suffering)
  660. essayer
    [verb]
    (to try)
  661. totalement
    [adverb]
    (totally, completely)
  662. compter
    [verb]
    (to count)
  663. accepter
    [verb]
    (to accept)
  664. conséquence
    [noun]
    (consequence)
  665. soir
    [noun]
    (evening)
  666. test
    [noun]
    (test)
  667. placer
    [verb]
    (to place)
  668. cadre
    [noun]
    (frame)

    In its primary meaning, the French word “cadre” means “frame” as in the context of art or photography, where a frame encloses and displays a picture or image. There is a second meaning: in the context of business or organizations, the word “cadre” means “executive” or “manager”. In the context of analyzing a situation, the word “cadre” can mean “environment” or “context”. Finally, in the context of organizing a project, “cadre” can also mean “framework” or “structure”. Because of its range of meanings, “cadre” is a frequently used French word.

  669. apprécier
    [verb]
    (to appreciate)
  670. candidat
    [noun]
    (candidate)
  671. interdire
    [verb]
    (to forbid)
  672. tableau
    [noun]
    (a painting)

    In the context of art, the word “tableau” means “painting”. The term “tableau” can also mean a writing board in a classroom context. Finally, in a presentation involving data analysis, the word “tableau” can also mean “chart”.

  673. étranger
    [adjective]
    (foreign)
  674. contenir
    [verb]
    (to contain)
  675. moteur
    [noun]
    (engine)
  676. produire
    [verb]
    (to produce)
  677. véhicule
    [noun]
    (vehicle)
  678. voix
    [noun]
    (voice)

    In its primary meaning, the word “voix” means “voice” in French. This usage is common in the context of communication and singing. But in the context of elections, “voix” is the French word for “vote”.

  679. rare
    [adjective]
    (rare)
  680. sens
    [noun]
    (meaning)
  681. différence
    [noun]
    (difference)
  682. matière
    [noun]
    (a material)
  683. peuple
    [noun]
    (people)
  684. quoi
    [pronoun]
    (what)
  685. près
    [adverb]
    (close)
  686. garde
    [noun]
    (a guardian)
  687. environnement
    [noun]
    (environment)
  688. piste
    [noun]
    (a track)
  689. Pierre
    [proper noun]
    (Peter)
  690. genre
    [noun]
    (a kind)
  691. suffire
    [verb]
    (to suffice)
  692. réel
    [adjective]
    (real)
  693. quartier
    [noun]
    (a district)
  694. élection
    [noun]
    (election)
  695. policier
    [noun]
    (policeman)
  696. thème
    [noun]
    (theme)
  697. tarif
    [noun]
    (price)

    The French word “tarif” generally refers to the price of a service, while the English term “tariff” typically refers to a tax imposed on imported goods. Though they share a common origin, it’s important to be aware of the differences between the two terms to avoid confusion or miscommunication.

  698. évidemment
    [adverb]
    (obviously)
  699. constituer
    [verb]
    (to constitute)
  700. courant
    [noun]
    (current)
  701. essentiel
    [adjective]
    (essential)
  702. lettre
    [noun]
    (letter)
  703. suivant
    [adjective]
    (next)
  704. gauche
    [noun]
    (the left)
  705. train
    [noun]
    (train)

    Learning French is made simpler by those French words (such as “train”) that are the same in French and English. In English, I am not sure if this is one of the thousand most common words —but in French, it is. That makes sense because you can travel all over France by train (sometimes you do have to do a detour via Paris, though).

  706. évolution
    [noun]
    (evolution)
  707. mémoire
    [noun]
    (memory)
  708. processus
    [noun]
    (a process)
  709. disparaître
    [verb]
    (to disappear)
  710. parcours
    [noun]
    (route)
  711. néanmoins
    [adverb]
    (however)
  712. couple
    [noun]
    (couple)
  713. signe
    [noun]
    (sign)
  714. commun
    [adjective]
    (common)
  715. approche
    [noun]
    (approach)
  716. représenter
    [verb]
    (to represent)
  717. air
    [noun]
    (air)
  718. communauté
    [noun]
    (community)
  719. débuter
    [verb]
    (to start)
  720. intervenir
    [verb]
    (to intervene)
  721. signer
    [verb]
    (to sign)
  722. exposition
    [noun]
    (exhibition, show)
  723. peur
    [noun]
    (fear)
  724. procédure
    [noun]
    (procedure)
  725. Jean
    [proper noun]
    (John)
  726. utilisation
    [noun]
    (use)
  727. fournir
    [verb]
    (to provide)
  728. défense
    [noun]
    (defence)
  729. croissance
    [noun]
    (growth)
  730. demeurer
    [verb]
    (to remain)
  731. science
    [noun]
    (science)
  732. bureau
    [noun]
    (desk)
  733. matin
    [noun]
    (morning)
  734. réunion
    [noun]
    (meeting)
  735. réserver
    [verb]
    (to reserve)
  736. album
    [noun]
    (album)
  737. canadien
    [adjective]
    (Canadian)
  738. étudiant
    [noun]
    (student)
  739. surprise
    [noun]
    (surprise)
  740. vendre
    [verb]
    (to sell)
  741. manifestation
    [noun]
    (demonstration)

    The French word “manifestation” shows up in the news a lot. That’s because it refers to a protest (a demonstration), and those occur often in France. When you travel to France, read the news to know if there’s a protest going on because that can sometimes cause public transportation to be on strike.

  742. bref
    [adverb]
    (in short)
  743. généralement
    [adverb]
    (generally)
  744. transport
    [noun]
    (transport)
  745. mener
    [verb]
    (to lead)
  746. procès
    [noun]
    (lawsuit)
  747. soutenir
    [verb]
    (to support)
  748. fils
    [noun]
    (son)
  749. heureux
    [adjective]
    (happy)
  750. démarche
    [noun]
    (an approach, a move)
  751. magnifique
    [adjective]
    (magnificent)
  752. fermer
    [verb]
    (to shut)
  753. relever
    [verb]
    (to stand up, to raise)
  754. contact
    [noun]
    (contact)
  755. sport
    [noun]
    (sport)
  756. protection
    [noun]
    (protection)
  757. feu
    [noun]
    (fire)
  758. disposition
    [noun]
    (arrangement)
  759. espérer
    [verb]
    (to hope)
  760. préparer
    [verb]
    (to prepare)
  761. parole
    [noun]
    (speech)
  762. maladie
    [noun]
    (illness)
  763. positif
    [adjective]
    (positive)
  764. style
    [noun]
    (style)
  765. note
    [noun]
    (note)
  766. argent
    [noun]
    (money)

    “Argent” is the French word for “silver” (a precious metal). As a result, this word is also used to refer to money in French.

  767. économie
    [noun]
    (economy)
  768. spécial
    [adjective]
    (special)
  769. développer
    [verb]
    (to develop)
  770. chien
    [noun]
    (dog)
  771. référence
    [noun]
    (reference)
  772. divers
    [adjective]
    (various)
  773. préparation
    [noun]
    (preparation)
  774. franc
    [noun]
    (franc)

    “Franc” is the name of the currency that was used in France before the adoption of the euro.

  775. manquer
    [verb]
    (to lack)
  776. souhaiter
    [verb]
    (to wish)
  777. six
    [numeral]
    (six)
  778. chercher
    [verb]
    (to look for)
  779. église
    [noun]
    (church)
  780. gérer
    [verb]
    (to manage)
  781. taille
    [noun]
    (a size)
  782. établir
    [verb]
    (to set up, to establish)
  783. complètement
    [adverb]
    (completely)
  784. engager
    [verb]
    (to commit)
  785. difficulté
    [noun]
    (difficulty)
  786. ouverture
    [noun]
    (opening)
  787. bleu
    [adjective]
    (blue)
  788. métier
    [noun]
    (job)
  789. enseignement
    [noun]
    (education)
  790. entrer
    [verb]
    (to enter)
  791. décider
    [verb]
    (to decide)
  792. amour
    [noun]
    (love)
  793. manière
    [noun]
    (way)
  794. passage
    [noun]
    (the act of going through a place)
  795. oeuvre
    [noun]
    (work of art)
  796. appartenir
    [verb]
    (to belong to)
  797. soleil
    [noun]
    (sun)
  798. mètre
    [noun]
    (meter)
  799. participation
    [noun]
    (participation)
  800. professeur
    [noun]
    (teacher)
  801. propos
    [noun]
    (topic, subject)
  802. footballeur
    [noun]
    (footballer)
  803. vote
    [noun]
    (vote)
  804. participer
    [verb]
    (to participate)
  805. façon
    [noun]
    (way)
  806. aider
    [verb]
    (to help)
  807. Internet
    [proper noun]
    (the Internet)
  808. explication
    [noun]
    (explanation)
  809. informatique
    [adjective]
    (computer science)
  810. blesser
    [verb]
    (to wound)
  811. protéger
    [verb]
    (to protect)
  812. composer
    [verb]
    (to consist of)
  813. performance
    [noun]
    (performance)
  814. réalisation
    [noun]
    (realization)
  815. entier
    [adjective]
    (whole)
  816. Suisse
    [proper noun]
    (Switzerland)
  817. François
    [proper noun]
    (François)

    This is a common French name which is related to the name Francis.

  818. édition
    [noun]
    (edition)
  819. comité
    [noun]
    (committee)
  820. rejoindre
    [verb]
    (to join)
  821. atelier
    [noun]
    (workshop)
  822. quotidien
    [noun]
    (a daily, everyday situation)
  823. sélection
    [noun]
    (selection)
  824. présence
    [noun]
    (presence)
  825. syndicat
    [noun]
    (union, trade union)
  826. stratégie
    [noun]
    (strategy)
  827. regard
    [noun]
    (glance)
  828. bienvenue
    [noun]
    (welcome)
  829. époque
    [noun]
    (epoch)
  830. ceci
    [pronoun]
    (this)
  831. caractère
    [noun]
    (character)
  832. football
    [noun]
    (soccer)
  833. dépendre
    [verb]
    (to depend)
  834. phase
    [noun]
    (phase)
  835. lumière
    [noun]
    (light)
  836. esprit
    [noun]
    (spirit)
  837. Dieu
    [proper noun]
    (God)
  838. former
    [verb]
    (to form)
  839. perspective
    [noun]
    (perspective)
  840. reprise
    [noun]
    (resumption)
  841. Michel
    [proper noun]
    (Michael)
  842. bâtiment
    [noun]
    (building)
  843. âge
    [noun]
    (age)
  844. parfait
    [adjective]
    (perfect)
  845. respecter
    [verb]
    (to respect)
  846. tendance
    [noun]
    (tendency)
  847. souffrir
    [verb]
    (to suffer)
  848. catégorie
    [noun]
    (category)
  849. médecin
    [noun]
    (doctor)
  850. hôpital
    [noun]
    (hospital)
  851. ajouter
    [verb]
    (to add)
  852. avenir
    [noun]
    (future)
  853. italien
    [adjective]
    (Italian)
  854. théâtre
    [noun]
    (theatre)
  855. Nicolas
    [proper noun]
    (Nicholas)
  856. espèce
    [noun]
    (type)
  857. majorité
    [noun]
    (majority)
  858. bourse
    [noun]
    (purse, stock market)
  859. violence
    [noun]
    (violence)
  860. cinéma
    [noun]
    (cinema)
  861. parmi
    [preposition]
    (among)
  862. culturel
    [adjective]
    (cultural)
  863. lecture
    [noun]
    (reading)
  864. diriger
    [verb]
    (to supervise, to manage, to steer)
  865. table
    [noun]
    (table)
  866. sorte
    [noun]
    (a kind)
  867. conseiller
    [noun]
    (counsellor)
  868. énorme
    [adjective]
    (huge)
  869. numéro
    [noun]
    (number)
  870. acte
    [noun]
    (act)
  871. enjeu
    [noun]
    (the stakes)

    This French vocabulary word translates to “the stakes”, in other words “that which is at play”.

  872. négociation
    [noun]
    (negotiation)
  873. chacun
    [pronoun]
    (each)
  874. industriel
    [adjective]
    (industrial)
  875. scénario
    [noun]
    (script)
  876. valoir
    [verb]
    (to be worth)
  877. adresse
    [noun]
    (address)
  878. installation
    [noun]
    (installation)
  879. remplacer
    [verb]
    (to replace)
  880. refuser
    [verb]
    (to refuse)
  881. suisse
    [adjective]
    (Swiss)
  882. extérieur
    [adjective]
    (exterior)
  883. exceptionnel
    [adjective]
    (exceptional)
  884. commercial
    [adjective]
    (commercial)
  885. tel
    [adjective]
    (such)
  886. stage
    [noun]
    (internship)

    In the context of work, this French word translates to “an internship”. A related vocabulary word is “stagiaire” which means “someone who is doing an internship”.

  887. cher
    [adjective]
    (dear)

    “Cher” is the French word for “dear,” a common endearment term used to express affection and closeness. The word “cher” is also used in French to mean “expensive” or “costly”. The connection between these two meanings reflects the value placed on quality and luxury in French culture.

  888. compétition
    [noun]
    (competition)
  889. département
    [noun]
    (department)
  890. révolution
    [noun]
    (revolution)
  891. paix
    [noun]
    (peace)
  892. durant
    [preposition]
    (during)
  893. souvenir
    [noun]
    (memory)
  894. classique
    [adjective]
    (classic)
  895. ouvrage
    [noun]
    (work)
  896. attente
    [noun]
    (an expectation, a wait)

    This French word can mean either “a wait” or “an expectation”, depending on the context. Both meanings are fairly common.

  897. accident
    [noun]
    (accident)
  898. faible
    [adjective]
    (weak)
  899. taux
    [noun]
    (rate)
  900. surface
    [noun]
    (surface)
  901. logique
    [adjective]
    (logical)
  902. avance
    [noun]
    (advance)
  903. machine
    [noun]
    (machine)
  904. défi
    [noun]
    (challenge)
  905. lier
    [verb]
    (to link)
  906. technologie
    [noun]
    (technology)
  907. champ
    [noun]
    (field)
  908. mer
    [noun]
    (sea)
  909. battre
    [verb]
    (to beat)
  910. proche
    [adjective]
    (close)
  911. partenaire
    [noun]
    (partner)
  912. fichier
    [noun]
    (file)
  913. réduire
    [verb]
    (to reduce)
  914. entretien
    [noun]
    (interview)

    This French word has two possible meanings depending on the context. It can mean “an interview”, for example in the expression “entretien d'embauche” which means “job interview”. The second meaning of this word is “maintenance”, or “upkeep”.

  915. capitale
    [noun]
    (capital city)
  916. accueil
    [noun]
    (welcome, greeting)
  917. complexe
    [adjective]
    (complex)
  918. matériel
    [noun]
    (equipment)
  919. vacances
    [noun]
    (holidays, vacation)

    In French, the word “vacances” refers to holidays or vacations and is used in its plural form. This term is frequently used, reflecting the importance of taking time off from work in French culture.

  920. partout
    [adverb]
    (everywhere)
  921. majeur
    [adjective]
    (major)
  922. physique
    [adjective]
    (physical)
  923. définir
    [verb]
    (to define)
  924. Allemagne
    [proper noun]
    (Germany)
  925. indispensable
    [adjective]
    (indispensable)
  926. derrière
    [preposition]
    (behind)
  927. frais
    [noun]
    (cost)
  928. extrêmement
    [adverb]
    (extremely)
  929. garder
    [verb]
    (to keep)
  930. tourner
    [verb]
    (to turn)
  931. secret
    [noun]
    (secret)
  932. grave
    [adjective]
    (serious)
  933. vieux
    [adjective]
    (old)
  934. installer
    [verb]
    (to install)
  935. château
    [noun]
    (castle)
  936. efficace
    [adjective]
    (effective)
  937. régulièrement
    [adverb]
    (regularly)
  938. degré
    [noun]
    (degree)
  939. ressource
    [noun]
    (resource)
  940. riche
    [adjective]
    (rich)
  941. discours
    [noun]
    (speech)
  942. commerce
    [noun]
    (trade)
  943. sûr
    [adjective]
    (sure)
  944. occasion
    [noun]
    (opportunity)
  945. sérieux
    [adjective]
    (serious)
  946. finale
    [noun]
    (a final)
  947. instant
    [noun]
    (moment)
  948. chanson
    [noun]
    (song)
  949. régional
    [adjective]
    (regional)
  950. montant
    [noun]
    (a amount)
  951. party
    [noun]
    (party)
  952. preuve
    [noun]
    (evidence)
  953. contenu
    [noun]
    (content)
  954. militaire
    [adjective]
    (military)
  955. visage
    [noun]
    (face)
  956. annonce
    [noun]
    (announcement, advertisement)
  957. lutte
    [noun]
    (struggle)
  958. bord
    [noun]
    (edge)
  959. soutien
    [noun]
    (support)
  960. scolaire
    [adjective]
    (scholastic, academic)
  961. maître
    [noun]
    (master)
  962. final
    [adjective]
    (final)
  963. intervention
    [noun]
    (intervention)
  964. juge
    [noun]
    (judge)
  965. avantage
    [noun]
    (advantage)
  966. priver
    [verb]
    (to deprive)
  967. immédiatement
    [adverb]
    (immediately)
  968. électronique
    [adjective]
    (electronic)
  969. conférence
    [noun]
    (conference)
  970. somme
    [noun]
    (sum)
  971. scientifique
    [adjective]
    (scientific)
  972. entièrement
    [adverb]
    (entirely)
  973. dépasser
    [verb]
    (to exceed)
  974. parfaitement
    [adverb]
    (perfectly)
  975. silence
    [noun]
    (silence)
  976. vérité
    [noun]
    (truth)
  977. musée
    [noun]
    (museum)
  978. hôtel
    [noun]
    (hotel)

    In addition to its primary meaning of “hotel”, the French word “hôtel” is also used in several expressions, such as “hôtel de ville” (city hall) and “hôtel particulier” (private mansion).

  979. arme
    [noun]
    (a weapon)
  980. réforme
    [noun]
    (reform)
  981. employer
    [verb]
    (to use)
  982. concours
    [noun]
    (competition)

    In addition to meaning “competition”, the word “concours” is also used in French to refer to entrance exams, especially in the context of education and public service. This usage highlights the idea of selecting the best candidates based on their knowledge and skills.

  983. propriété
    [noun]
    (property)
  984. quitter
    [verb]
    (to leave)
  985. vent
    [noun]
    (wind)
  986. original
    [adjective]
    (original)
  987. idéal
    [adjective]
    (ideal)
  988. moyenne
    [noun]
    (mean)
  989. adapter
    [verb]
    (to adapt)
  990. évoluer
    [verb]
    (to evolve)
  991. autant
    [adverb]
    (so much)
  992. frère
    [noun]
    (brother)
  993. rencontrer
    [verb]
    (to meet)
  994. contraire
    [noun]
    (opposite)
  995. britannique
    [adjective]
    (British)
  996. maintenir
    [verb]
    (to maintain)
  997. regarder
    [verb]
    (to look at)
  998. exercice
    [noun]
    (exercise)
  999. malheureusement
    [adverb]
    (unfortunately)
  1000. modifier
    [verb]
    (to change)
  1001. subir
    [verb]
    (to suffer)
  1002. étudier
    [verb]
    (to study)
  1003. feuille
    [noun]
    (leaf)
  1004. augmenter
    [verb]
    (to increase)
  1005. avancer
    [verb]
    (to advance)
  1006. territoire
    [noun]
    (territory)
  1007. élever
    [verb]
    (to raise)
  1008. établissement
    [noun]
    (establishment)
  1009. option
    [noun]
    (option)
  1010. fruit
    [noun]
    (fruit)
  1011. échange
    [noun]
    (exchange)
  1012. revanche
    [noun]
    (revenge)

    “Revanche” is the French word for “revenge,” but it is also used to refer to a second chance or an opportunity to get even, especially in a sporting context.

  1013. concept
    [noun]
    (concept)
  1014. vin
    [noun]
    (wine)

    France being one of the largest wine-producing countries in the world, it comes as no surprise that this word appears in the list of the 1000 most common French words.

  1015. roi
    [noun]
    (king)
  1016. capacité
    [noun]
    (ability, capability, skill)
  1017. priorité
    [noun]
    (priority)
  1018. montrer
    [verb]
    (to show)
  1019. découverte
    [noun]
    (discovery)
  1020. précédent
    [adjective]
    (previous)
  1021. supérieur
    [adjective]
    (superior)
  1022. stade
    [noun]
    (stadium)
  1023. obligatoire
    [adjective]
    (obligatory)
  1024. responsable
    [adjective]
    (responsible)
  1025. oui
    [adverb]
    (yes)
  1026. monter
    [verb]
    (to climb, to go up)
  1027. régime
    [noun]
    (regime)

    The word “régime” means “diet” in French. But the term “régime” is also used in French to refer to a political regime, such as a government or system of government.

  1028. médical
    [adjective]
    (medical)
  1029. perte
    [noun]
    (loss)
  1030. collectif
    [adjective]
    (collective)
  1031. central
    [adjective]
    (central)
  1032. disque
    [noun]
    (disc)
  1033. sportif
    [adjective]
    (athletic)
  1034. réflexion
    [noun]
    (reflection)
  1035. vitesse
    [noun]
    (speed)
  1036. limité
    [adjective]
    (limited)
  1037. largement
    [adverb]
    (mainly)
  1038. téléphone
    [noun]
    (telephone)
  1039. épreuve
    [noun]
    (test)
  1040. énergie
    [noun]
    (energy)
  1041. Québec
    [proper noun]
    (Quebec)
  1042. tard
    [adverb]
    (late)
  1043. initiative
    [noun]
    (initiative)
  1044. lourd
    [adjective]
    (heavy)
  1045. uniquement
    [adverb]
    (uniquely)
  1046. ambiance
    [noun]
    (ambiance)
  1047. parc
    [noun]
    (park)
  1048. arrêt
    [noun]
    (a stop)
  1049. danger
    [noun]
    (danger)
  1050. réussite
    [noun]
    (success)
  1051. net
    [adjective]
    (clean)
  1052. jardin
    [noun]
    (garden)
  1053. contacter
    [verb]
    (to contact)
  1054. faute
    [noun]
    (mistake)
  1055. fonds
    [noun]
    (fund)
  1056. ciel
    [noun]
    (sky)
  1057. éviter
    [verb]
    (to avoid)
  1058. compagnie
    [noun]
    (company)
  1059. unité
    [noun]
    (unity)
  1060. faux
    [adjective]
    (false)
  1061. joli
    [adjective]
    (pretty)
  1062. transfert
    [noun]
    (transfer)
  1063. vert
    [adjective]
    (green)
  1064. dessus
    [noun]
    (the top of something)
  1065. producteur
    [noun]
    (producer)
  1066. agréable
    [adjective]
    (pleasant)
  1067. arrivée
    [noun]
    (arrival)
  1068. civil
    [adjective]
    (civil)