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Le Roi – King

Le Roi – King

Today’s lesson covers the masculine noun roi, which means “king”. I’ve noticed many of my students have stumbled on this word. The pronunciation combines the tricky French R with oi (sounds like wah) to make: rwah or [ʀwa].

le roi

king

FrenchLearner word of the day lesson: le roi (king)

Word origin

The Modern French masculine noun roi (king) comes Middle French roy, which comes from rei and rex in Old French and rex (king, leader) in Latin.

Example sentences

This first example sentence is an example of the superlative (the most), which I cover in this lesson.

Louis XIV est le roi français le plus célèbre.

Louix XIV is the most famous French king.

I included this sentence because I like the way it sounds! The verb régner means “to reign” or “to rule”. The masculine noun royaume means “kingdom”, as in le Royaume-Uni (the United Kingdom).

Le roi règne sur tout le royaume.

The king reigns over the entire kingdom.

For “deck of cards”, you’ll find two translations: “paquet” (pack) de cartes and “jeu” (game) de cartes.

Il y a quatre rois dans un paquet de cartes.

There are four kings in a deck of cards.

Conclusion

Félicitations! You now know how to say and use roi (king) in French! Now check out our related blog post covering the 12 most famous kings in French history!

Word of the day: le roi - Masculine noun meaning "king" in French.
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David Issokson
David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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