French Thanksgiving Vocabulary (50+ Words with PDF)

French Thanksgiving Vocabulary

Lexique De L’Action De Grâce

Thanksgiving is a fun family holiday celebrated throughout North America. While it’s not celebrated in France, it is celebrated by the French Canadians. On this page we will answer the question, “What are some useful French Thanksgiving vocabulary words?”

The most important French Thanksgiving vocabulary words include: L’Action de Grâce (Thanksgiving), la dinde (turkey), la farce (stuffing), la tarte à la citrouille (pumpkin pie) and les pèlerin (m) pilgrims. This page contains a list of several more French Thanksgiving terms.

Thanksgiving menu

Main dishes

  • la dinde turkey
  • la farce stuffing
  • la purée mashed potatoes
  • la sauce au jus de viande gravy
  • le jambon ham
  • le jambon venison

Side dishes

  • la courge (f) squash
  • la sauce de canneberge cranberry sauce
  • le pain de maïs corn bread
  • le petit pain roll
  • le ragoût aux haricots verts green bean casserole
  • les feuilles de chou cavalier collard greens
  • les ignames (f) yams
  • les pâtes au fromage macaroni and cheese


  • la tarte à la citrouille pumpkin pie
  • la tarte à la noix de pécan pecan pie
  • la tarte à la patate douce sweet potato pie
  • la tarte aux cerises cherry pie
  • la tarte aux pommes apple pie
  • la tartelette fourrée de fruits secs mince pie

Historical terms

  • la Nouvelle-Angleterre New England
  • la récolte harvest
  • la tribu Wampanoag Wampanoag Tribe
  • le Nouveau Monde the New World
  • les Amérindien Native Americans
  • les colonies (f) colonies
  • les colons (m) Colonists
  • les pèlerin (m) pilgrims
  • les Puritains Puritans
  • un pacte treaty

More Thanksgiving vocabulary

  • l’automne (m) autumn, fall
  • la circulation traffic
  • la famille family
  • la reconnaissance, gratitude gratitude
  • le défilé parade
  • le dernier jeudi de novembre the last Thursday of November
  • les fêtes de fin d’année holiday season
  • les feuilles d’automne autumn leaves
  • un match de football américain football game
  • une citrouille, un potiron pumpkin
  • une réunion de famille a family gathering

Thanksgiving verbs

  • bien manger, festoyer to feast, have a good meal
  • découper la dinde to carve the turkey
  • être reconnaissant to be grateful
  • faire le pont to take a long weekend
  • partager to share
  • réunir la famille to unite the family

Download Vocabulary List PDF

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