Body Parts

French Body Parts

In this lesson you will learn how to say the parts of the body in French. For a much more comprehensive list of human human anatomy vocabulary in French I strongly suggest taking a look at’s blog post. In addition to teaching the basic words listed here, French Today also has words covering the muscular and skeletal systems as well as lots of useful idiomatic expressions concerning the body.

French Body Parts

You will notice that most of these words are completely different than English unlike other kinds of words such as food and animals. Thus, it is kind of important to pay close attention. By learning this vocabulary list you’ll also have a good chance to improve your knowledge of known gender (masculine and feminine). Also please pay attention to the word for hair, les cheveux. This word is always written in the plural and never in the singular. Also one other word which can cause some confusion for non-native speakers is the word for hand. While at first glance it appears to be a masculine word that actually takes the female gendre, Hence, la main. The same goes for tooth, which is la dent.

Vocabulary List

la tête headle visage face
les cheveux hairle front forehead
la poitrine chestla gorge throat
l'œil/les yeux eye/eyesle nez nose
la bouche mouthles lèvres (f) lips
la joue cheeksles dents (f) teeth
l'oreille (f) earl'estomac stomach
le ventre stomach/belly/tummyle cou neck
l'épaule (f) shoulderle bras arm
le coude elbowle poignet wrist
la hanche hipla main hand
la langue tonguele menton chin
le doigt fingerl'ongle (m) finger nail
le dos backle pouce thumb
la jambe legla cheville ankle
le genou kneele pied foot
l'orteil (m) toeles cuisses (f) thighs
les fesses (f) backside/buttocksle tibia shin

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