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French Meals Vocabulary & How To Say Meal In French

French Meals Vocabulary & How To Say Meal In French

Lexique des repas

The word for meal in French is repas (pronounced ruh-pah). The following table contains vocabulary for the three meals in French: le petit-déjeuner (breakfast), le déjeuner (lunch) and le dîner (dinner). You’ll also find names of typical French foods for each meal as well as a short list of useful verbs.

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Breakfast – le petit déjeuner

  • eggs les oeufs
  • scrambled eggs les oeufs brouillés
  • fried eggs, sunny side up les oeufs au plat
  • poached eggs les oeufs pochés
  • soft-boiled eggs les oeufs à la coque
  • stuffed egg un oeuf dur farci
  • omelet une omelette
  • cereal les céréales
  • cheese omelet une omelette au fromage
  • ham omelet une omelette au jambon
  • whipped cream omelet une omelette mousseline
  • a bowl of coffee un bol de café
  • baguette la baguette
  • bread le pain
  • brioche la brioche
  • butter le beurre
  • crepe, pancake une crêpe
  • croissant un croissant
  • French toast le pain perdu
  • jam la confiture
  • orange juice le jus d’orange
  • sweet pastry une chouquette

Lunch – le déjeuner

  • mixed salad une salade mixte
  • pâté le pâté
  • sandwich un sandwich
  • soup la soupe, le potage
  • terrine la terrine
  • quiche la quiche
  • cheese quiche une quiche au fromage
  • ham quiche une quiche au jambon
  • croque-monsieur un croque-monsieur
  • rice le riz
  • steak and fries le steak frites
  • French fries les frites

Diner – le dîner

  • aperatif, pre-dinner drink un apéritif
  • appetizer les hors-d’oeuvre variés
  • beef le beouf
  • chicken le poutlet
  • cutlet la côtelette
  • dumpling la boulette
  • filet le filet
  • fish stew la bouillabaisse
  • la salde salade
  • pasta les pâtes
  • pork le porc
  • rice with vegetables le riz au légumes
  • snails les escargots
  • steak and fries le bifstek
  • thick puree la purée

Dessert – le dessert

  • cake le gâteau
  • fruit tarlet la tartelette aux fruits
  • pie la tarte
  • apple pie la tate aux pommes
  • cherry pie la tarte aux cerises
  • chocolate pie la tarte au chocolat
  • peach pie la tarte aux pêches
  • sherbert le sorbet
  • ice cream la glace
  • vanilla ice cream la glace à la vanille
  • strawberry ice cream la glace à la fraise
  • chocolate ice cream la glace au chocolat

Useful verbs – les verbes

  • shop for food faire les courses
  • to be hungry avoir faim
  • to be thirsty avoir soif
  • to clear the table débarasser la table
  • to drink boire
  • to have a snack prendre un goûter
  • to have breakfast prendre le petit-déjeuner
  • to have dinner dîner
  • to have lunch déjeuner
  • to set the table mettre la table
  • to take out (food to go) emporter
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