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French Food Vocabulary - La nourriture

Learn how to talk about food in French

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Whether you're traveling in Europe or just going out to a local French restaurant, food is one of the necessities of life, so here are some key French words and phrases related to food. Click on the link to hear the word or phrase pronounced. Bon appétit !

la nourriture     food
avoir faim     to be hungry
manger     to eat

le repas     meal
le petit-déjeuner     breakfast
le déjeuner     lunch
le dîner     dinner
le goûter     snack
déjeuner     to have breakfast or lunch
dîner     to have dinner

le hors d'œuvre, l'entrée*     appetizer
la soupe, le potage     soup
le plat principal     main course
la salade     salad
le dessert     dessert

la cuisine     kitchen, cooking
la salle à manger     dining room
le restaurant     restaurant

*In American English, "entrée" refers to the main course, but in French it only indicates an appetizer.


Here are the French words for some staples, seasonings, and other miscellaneous foods.

la confiture   jam

le croissant   croissant

la farine   flour

les frites   (US) fries, (UK) chips

l'huile d'olive (f)   olive oil

la mayonnaise   mayonnaise

la moutarde   mustard

un œuf, des œufs   egg, eggs

le pain   bread

le pain grillé   toast

les pâtes   pasta

le poivre   pepper

le riz   rice

la sauce   sauce, dressing, gravy

le sel   salt

le sucre   sugar


More French food vocabulary:
   Fruit and vegetables
   Meat
   Dairy products
   Dessert
   Quiz: French food vocabulary
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