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French Vocabulary for Card and Board Games

French Vocabulary for Card and Board Games

Are you a game player? On this page you’ll find a complete list of French vocabulary covering words for both board games and card games. Interestingly, the word for chess is échecs, which looks like checkers. The word for checkers is jeu de dames.

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People & basic words

  • darts les fléchettes 
  • dice le dé 
  • game le jeu 
  • j’ai gagné! I won!
  • le pari bet
  • looser le perdant
  • move le coup 
  • player le joueur 
  • point le point 
  • score la marque
  • target la cible 
  • winner le gagnant 

Card games

  • ace l’as 
  • bishop le fou 
  • card game le jeu de cartes 
  • cards les cartes 
  • club le trèfle 
  • diamond le carreau 
  • heart le cœur
  • jack le valet
  • joker le joker 
  • king le roi 
  • pawn le pion 
  • queen la dame 
  • queen la dame 
  • spade le pique 

Board games

  • backgammon le trictrac 
  • board games les jeux de société 
  • checkers / draughts les dames 
  • chess les échecs 
  • chessboard l’échiquier 
  • dominos les dominos 
  • king le roi
  • knight le cavalier 
  • monopoly le monopoly 
  • rook le tour 
  • scrabble le scrabble 
  • tile / scrabble piece la pièce 


  • to deal (cards) donner
  • to lose the game perdre le jeu 
  • to play a game jouer un jeu 
  • to play jouer
  • to shuffle (cards) battre
  • to win the game gagner le jeu 
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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six 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 online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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