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French Idiom “Être Fleur Bleue” (Meaning & Translation)

French Idiom “Être Fleur Bleue” (Meaning & Translation)

The French idiom “être fleur bleue” translates literally to “to be a blue flower” and means to be moved emotionally, sentimental, naive, soppy and romantic. This post will explore the expression’s origine and several example sentences (with audio).

fleur bleue

to be moved emotionally

French Idiom "Être Fleur Bleue" (Meaning & Translation)

According to WordReference, a French-to-French definition of fleur bleue is “être sentimental” (to be sentimental, romantic).

Accoring to, the expression finds its origins in the German novel Henri d’Ofterdingen by Novalis from the early 19th century. The original German expression was “die blaue Blume“.

Here are some example sentences:

J’ai trop aimé ce film. J’étais si ému. J’étais fleur bleue et j’ai même pleuré.

I liked that film so much. I was so touched. I was sentimental and I even cried.

J’ai été fleur bleue quand j’ai fini le roman. Je n’ai pas arrêté de pleurer.

I was moved emotionally when I finished the novel. I couldn’t stop crying.

Example of how to use fleur bleue

Fun video lesson

Video source: Maintenant tu sais


Congratulations! You know how to use the French expression fleur bleue. Now check our lessons covering other fun expressions avoir le cafard (to be depressed) tomber dans les pommes (to faint).

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