French has all kinds of interesting terms of endearment, including a rather odd assortment of barnyard animals. Check out this list of French terms of endearment to use with your loved ones (both romantic and familial). For the most part, these all mean something along the lines of "sweetie," "darling," or "poppet," so I've provided the literal translations as well as a few notes (in parentheses).
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my beautiful (informal)
my little doe
my quail (informal)
my cat (familiar)
, ma chère
, ma chérie
my cabbage, my pastry (informal)
my favorite, blue-eyed boy/girl, pet* (informal)
*as in "teacher's pet"
my hen (informal)
my dropping (also refers to a small, round goat cheese)
my little girl (informal, old-fashioned)
/ ma grande
my big guy / girl
my Jesus (when talking to a child)
literally "my female friend," but used to mean "my dear/love." (This is a somewhat old-fashioned term contracted from mon amie > m'amie > ma mie
. Note that mie
also refers to the soft part of bread - the opposite of the crust.)
my pussycat (informal)
/ ma minette
/ ma petite
my little guy / girl
my pullet (informal)
my chick (informal)
my flea (informal)
mon sucre d'orge
my barley sugar
my (fruit) core (when talking to a child)
You can also hear many of these in this video: Terms of endearment
You can add the word petit
(little) in front of most of these: mon petit chou
, ma petite chatte
You can add en sucre
(made of sugar) to the end of some: mon trésor en sucre
, mon cœur en sucre
Note that the possessive adjectives mon
(my) have to agree with the gender of the term of endearment - not your own gender nor necessarily that of the person you're talking to/about. Generally speaking, masculine terms of endearment can be used for men and women, while feminine terms of endearment can only be used for women.
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