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Guerre Meaning & Translation – War in French

Guerre Meaning & Translation – War in French

Today we’ll have a look at a feminine noun which many students struggle to pronounce correctly: guerre, meaning “war”. Towards the bottom of the post we’ll contrast guerre with gare (train station) to see the difference in pronunciation.



Guerre = war in French

Guerre meaning and translation – war in French

Word origin

According to, guerre (war) in modern French comes from from Early Medieval Latin werra, which in turn came from from Frankish werru. Hence, the English word “war”.

Example sentences

For this first example sentence, été is the past participle of the verb être (to be). World War II in French is la Seconde Guerre mondiale (the second World War).

Mon grand-pere a été un soldat pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

My grandfather was a soldier in World War II.

In French, il y a translates to “there is” or “there are”. Beaucoup means “a lot” or “a lot of”.

Il y a eu beaucoup de guerres entre la France et l’Angleterre.

There have been a lot war between France and England.

For this sentence, faire la guerre à means “to wage war on/against” in the figurative sense.

Le gouvernement fait la guerre aux pollueurs.

The government is waging war against polluters.

For this final example sentence, we’ve included the feminine noun gare, which means train station and sounds very similar to guerre (war).

Où est la gare, s’il vous plaît ?

Where is the train station, please?


Félicitations ! You now know how to use guerre (war) in French! Now check out our lesson covering français (French) in French!

La paix or la guerre ? = Peace or war?
La paix or la guerre ? = Peace or war?

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