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Fait accompli
Something that is done and cannot be changed.
French
Tête-à-tête
'Tête' is 'head' in French, so it means 'head-to-head'. Two people alone, facing each other for an intimate talk.
French
Crème de la crème
The thickest or best part of the cream: the elite.
French
Tour de force
A feat of skill, strength or ingenuity.
French
Voilà!
There it is! Behold!
French
C'est magnifique!
It's great or magnificent.
French
Maladie d'amour
Love sickness.
French
(La) bourgeoisie
The middle class.
French
Bourgeois(e)
Is a member of the bourgeoisie.
French
À tes amours
To your loves or to your lovers. This is said when someone sneezes.
French
Minou
My little cat, my little puss. An endearing term.
French
Ma bichette
Little doe, my sweetheart. A term of endearment from a man to a woman.
French
L'amour fou
Crazy love.
French
Coup de foudre
Love at first sight. Literally, it is the image of being struck by lightning - a 'coup' is a blow, and 'foudre' is lightning.
French
C'est la vie
That's life.
French
En somme
In short.
French
Entre nous
Just between you and me.
French
Joie de vivre
Joy of living or a real happiness in life.
French
Je ne sais quoi
A certain indescribable thing or quality.
French
Savoir-faire
A polished success in social behavior.
French
Distingué
Distinguished.
French
Raffiné
Refined; polished.
French
Panache
A hat with feathers; metaphorically, refers to a person who has a certain flair.
French
Par excellence
The best of all.
French
homme d'espirt
Intellectual; a man of wit or spirit.
French
Sans pareil;
non pareil
Something or someone that has no equal.
French
Grande dame
A great lady.
French
Femme fatale
Temptress.
French
A la mode
Something that is in current fashion.
French
La mode nouvelle
The newest or latest fashion or style.
French
Très chic
Very sophisticated, elegant.
French
Avant-garde
'Avant' means 'before' and 'garde' means 'guard'. 'Avant-garde' are ideas that are usually not widely accepted. They are always a little ahead of their time.
French
Accoutrement
An accessory.
French
Le beau monde
The fashionable, beautiful people.
French
Noblesse oblige
Refers to the obligation and responsibility that a higher social rank imposes on one's behavior.
French
Nouveau riche
People who have recently become very wealthy.
French
Pied-à-terre
A second lodging.
French
Concierge
Porter; manager of a building.
French
Homme d'affaires
Businessman.
French
Laissez-faire
Allowing someone to do something without interference.
French
Idée fixe
A fixed idea; obsession.
French
Idiot savant
An idiot with a genius for doing one thing exceptionally well.
French
Faux pas
A social blunder.
French
Vis-à-vis
In relation to or concerning; as compared with.
French
Liaison
Love affair; intermediary.
French
Éclat
Success.
French
Habitué
Frequent customer.
French
Grande passion
A great passion.
French
Déjà-vu
Illusion of having seen something before.
French
Ça va les chevilles
How is it going? 'Les Chevilles', how are the ankles, refers to someone's bloated head, i.e., his head is so bloated that he can't see his ankles.
French
Je m'en fous
I could care less.
French
Double entendre
An expression having a double meaning.
French
Répartie
An answer to a witty response to someone who may also have made a witty remark.
French
Touché
A fencing term. In its more metaphorical sense, it means that one has won a point, as in a successful repartee.
French
Chapeau
A hat.
French
Ménage à trois
A household of three. A love triangle.
French
Malaise
A vague sense of mental or moral ill-being. It can pertain to a country where there is political unrest.
French
Coup d'état
Refers to the overthrow of a government.
French
Military coup
Americans often use this expression instead of (coup d'état).
French
C'est la guarre
That's the war. That's all a part of the struggle of life.
French
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood - The battlecry from the French Revolution.
French
Qui sait
Who knows?
French
Comme ci comme ca
So, so; 'like this, like that'.
French
Bon appétit
This is said to wish someone a good meal.
French
Merci
Thank you.
French
Affaire de coeur
It is a matter of the heart.
French
Affaire d'honneur
A matter of honor.
French
Vive l'amour
Long live love.
French
Vive le Roi
Long live the King.
French
Vive la différence
Long live the difference.
French
Paesano
Peasant
Italian
Chi lo sa?
Who knows?
Italian
Que sara sara
What will be, will be (Spanish)
Italian
Mal educato
An ignorant, oafish person
Italian
Pezza novanta
Big shot.
Italian
Chin Chin
A light toast; happiness.
Italian
Cent'anni
A hundred years. May you live to be a hundred years.
Italian
Piano
Softly.
Italian
Forte
Strong or loud.
Italian
Crescendo
Building up to a climax.
Italian
Maestro
Master; teacher; orchestra conductor.
Italian
Incognito
In disguise.
Italian
Bello
Beautiful.
Italian
Molto bello
Very beautiful.
Italian
Bellissimo
Most Beautiful.
Italian
Al fresco
In the open air.
Italian
Arrivederci
Until we meet again.
Italian
Arrivederla
Until we meet again. (formal)
Italian
Così così
So so.
Italian
La dolce vita
The good life.
Italian
Ciao
Goodbye; Also hello.
Italian
Innamorato cotto
Madly in love, so much in love that you are cooked.
Italian
Innamorata cotto
Madly in love, so much in love that you are cooked. (This is how a woman would reply)
Italian
Buon viaggio
Have a good trip.
Italian
Capisci
Understand?
Italian
Si, capisco
Yes, I understand.
Italian
Basta!
That's enough!
Italian
Carissimo
Dearest
Italian
Carissima
Dearest (feminine)
Italian
Peccato
That's too bad.
Italian
Per piacere
Please.
Italian
Grazie
Thank you.
Italian
Scuzi
Excuse me.
Italian
Terra ferma
Solid ground.
Italian
Caveat emptor
Let the buyer beware.
Latin
Modus operandi
Method of procedure (M.O.)
Latin
Modus vivendi
A way of life, a manner of living.
Latin
Modicum of decorum
Modicum, quantity; Decorum is propriety, good taste.
Latin
Actus Dei
An act of God.
Latin
Anno Domini
A.D. or in the year of our Lord. (precedes date)
Latin
Circa
Approximately.
Latin
Corpus delicti
Fundamental and substantial evidence of crime.
Latin
Credo
Belief.
Latin
Ad absurdum
To the point of absurdity.
Latin
Tempus fugit
Time flies.
Latin
Ego
I; the conscious, thinking, rational part of a person.
Latin
Id
The unconscious and irrational part of a person.
Latin
Veni, vidi, vici
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Latin
Puer
A man you refuses to grow up.
Latin
Ad nauseam
To the point of nausea.
Latin
Per se
By itself.
Latin
Persona non grata
Person not acceptable.
Latin
De nihilo nihil
From nothing comes nothing.
Weltanschauung
A way of looking at the world.
German
Weltschmerz
A deep pain liked to the world.
German
Wunderkind
A child or person of great talent and productivity.
German
Geist
Spirit.
German
Ich liebe dich
I love you.
German
Angst
A foreboding.
German
Tchüss
(slang) Goodbye.
German
Doppelgänger
A ghostly counterpart of a living person.
German
Danke schön
Thanks.
German
Bitte sehr
You're welcome.
German
Das Leben ist die Liebe
Living is loving.
German
Die schöne Welt
Fashionable society; le beau monde, beautiful people.
German
Ende gut, alles gut
All's well that ends well. Finally good, everything good.
German
Wanderlust
Yearning to travel.
German
Einen Augenblick
Moment, blink of the eyes.
German
Auf Wiedersehen
Goodbye, until we see each other again.
German
L'chayim
To life!
Yiddish
Meshugeh
Crazy.
Yiddish
Mishegoss
Crazy stuff.
Yiddish
(Oy) Vey ist mir!
It hurts me!
Yiddish
Baleboss
Boss. Someone who gets things done.
Yiddish
Baleboste
A woman who gets things done.
Yiddish
Farshtinkener
Something stinks.
Yiddish
Kibbitz
Aimless conversation, a friendly chat.
Yiddish
Shlep
To drag or pull.
Yiddish
Shmatte
Rags; a dish rag or dust rag. Term used in the garment business to describe clothing, expensive or otherwise.
Yiddish
Mensh
Someone who does admirable things.
Yiddish
Nosh
A bite to eat.
Yiddish
Yenta
A woman who gossips.
Yiddish
Chutzpa
A lot of nerve.
Yiddish
De temps en temps
From time to time.
French
Coup de grâce
The final blow.
French
Bagatelle
A bauble, a mere nothing, small change.
French
Pièce de résistance
Something that cannot be resisted or the best of something.
French
Raison dêtre
Reason for being.
French
A tout à l'heure
See you in a little while.
French
Lumière
Luminary, outstanding person.
French
Grand prix
First prize.
French
Aide-toi, le ciel t'aidera
Heaven helps those who help themselves.
French
Advienne que pourra
No matter what, whatever happens.
French
Par hasard
By chance.
French
Jeu de mots
A play on words.
French
Jeu d'hasard
A game of risk.
French
La vérité
The truth.
French
N'est-ce pas?
Isn't that so?
French
Soirée
An evening party.
French
Ma chére
My dear or my beloved. (Used by both men and women)
French
Je t'aime
I love you.
French
Maniére
Affected in manner; overly mannered.
French
Coûte que coûte
No matter what the cost.
French
Vouloir, c'est pouvoir
Where there's a will, there's a way.
French
Gauche
Lacking in social grace; awkward.
French
Va te faire cuire un ouef
Go fry an egg.
French
Raconteur
A talented storyteller.
French
Succès d'estime
A critical success.
French
Garçon
Boy or waiter.
French
S'il vous plaît
If you please.
French
Qu'est-ce que c'est
What is it, what is this?
French
Le service est compris?
Is the tip included?
French
Au revoir
Goodbye.
French
A bientôt
In a little while.
French
Cause célèbre
A sensational trial, a notorious incident.
French
Milieu
A certain environment or setting.
French
Bourgeois gentilhomme
Nouveau riche, an unsophisticated bourgeois in an aristocratic milieu.
French
Espèce de cochon
This literally means that someone is a kind of, or example of a pig. It is not a vulgar expression.
French
Espèce de saucisson
Sausage link.
French
C'est une bonne idée
It's a good idea.
French
Grâce à Dieu
Thank God.
French
Hors de combat
Out of combat.
French
Hors de saison
Out of season.
French
Hors-d'oeuvre
Appetizer.
French
Fête
A party; celebration.
French
Fin de siècle
The end of the century (1900's).
French
Au contraire
On the contrary.
French
Bonne chance
Good luck!
French
Bon voyage
Have a good trip.
French
Que fais-tu?
What are you doing?
French
Eau de vie
Brandy.
French
En bonne compagnie
In good company.
French
Allô, oui?
Hello? Used when answering the telephone.
French
Mauvaise foi
Bad faith.
French
Cherchez la femme
Look for the woman.
French
Combien?
How much?
French
A bon marché
At a bargain, cheap.
French
A votre santé
This is a drinking toast which means "to your health."
French
Billet-doux
Love letter.
French
Bien aimé
Beloved or loved one.
French
Ami
A friend. A "bon ami" is a good friend.
French
Pardonnez-moi
Pardon me or excuse me.
French
Salut toi!
Hey, you! or hello you!
French
C'est dommage
That's too bad! It's a pity.
French
Protégé
One who is under the patronage or special tutelage of another.
French
Que faire?
What to do?
French
Mal du siècle
Melancholy.
French
Malentendu
Misunderstanding.
French
Que sais-je
What do I know?
French
Que voulez-vous?
What do you want?
French
Régime
Government, diet.
French
Tartuffe
A hypocrite.
French
Nuance
A subtle quality.
French
Motif
Theme.
French
Passé
Out of style.
French
Pastiche
A work composed of selections from different sources.
French
Peut-être
Perhaps.
French
Quand même
All the same.
French
Autres temps, autres moeurs
Other times, other customs.
French
Avec plaisir
With pleasure.
French
Chacun à son goût
To each his own.
French
Château
A mansion.
French
Chevalier
A gentleman.
French
A la campagne
In the country.
French
Chez moi
At my home.
French
A la maison
At my house.
French
Ami du peuple
A friend of the people.
French
Ancien régime
Literally, old regime.
French
A quoi bon?
What for?
French
A tout prix
At any cost.
French
En plein air
In the open air.
French
Au clair de la lune
By the light of the moon.
French
Au courant
Knowledgeable about current trends.
French
Au naturel
Natural, unaltered.
French
Objet d'art
An art object.
French
Bon vivant
A high living person.
French
Camaraderie
Fellowship among comrades.
French
Coterie
A small group of intimates.
French
Coup manqué
A failed attempt.
French
Détente
In international relations, the end of strained dealings.
French
Dossier
A file.
French
A propos
Concerning.
French
En famille
With or in the family.
French
La belle dame sans merci
The beautiful merciless lady.
French
Adieu
Farewell, good-bye.
French
Andiamo
Let's go.
Italian
Piccoli baci
Little kisses. "Piccolo" means small and "un bacio" is a kiss.
Italian
Pronto, chi parla?
Hello, who is it?
Italian
Fra poco
In a little while.
Italian
Caro
Dear.
Italian
Come si dice?
How do you say?
Italian
Come va?
How's it going?
Italian
Con permesso
With your permission.
Italian
Con piacere
With pleasure.
Italian
Mal occhio
Evil eye.
Italian
Impetuoso
Impetuous.
Italian
Non è vero?
Isn't it true?
Italian
Non importa
It isn't important.
Italian
Non mi ricordo
I don't remember.
Italian
Benvenuto
Welcome.
Italian
Dolce
Sweet.
Italian
Dolce far niente
Sweet relaxation.
Italian
Che cosa fai?
What are you doing?
Italian
Affettuoso
Tenderly; affectionately.
Italian
Buon appetito
Have a good meal.
Italian
Buona sera
Good evening.
Italian
Buon giorno
Good day.
Italian
In vino veritas
In wine there is truth.
Latin
De gustibus non est disputandum
There should be no dispute in matters of taste; to each his own.
Latin
Errare humanum est
To err is human.
Latin
Facta non verba
Action, not words.
Latin
De facto
In fact of actuality.
Latin
De jure
Legally, by right.
Latin
Ex post facto
After the fact.
Latin
Per capita
By heads.
Latin
Per diem
By the day.
Latin
Per annum
Per year.
Latin
Placebo
Medicine given to please, rather than to cure.
Latin
Semper fidelis
Always faithful.
Latin
Dramatis personae
List of characters in a play or film.
Latin
Dementia
Insanity.
Latin
Deus ex machina
Resolution in a crisis situation from an unexpected source.
Latin
Cogito ergo sum
I think, therefore I am.
Latin
Ex nihilo
Out of nothing.
Latin
In absentia
In one's absence.
Latin
Tabula rasa
An erased slate ready to be written on.
Latin
Amor patriae
Love of one's country.
Latin
Ante-bellum
Before the war.
Latin
Carpe diem
Seize the day.
Latin
Status quo
The state in which things exist.
Latin
Sine qua non
Without which not.
Latin
Wunderbar
Wonderful.
German
Nein
No.
German
Hundewetter
Very bad weather.
German
Verboten
Forbidden.
German
Liebchen
Sweetheart.
German
Fraülein
Young lady.
German
Gesundheit
To your health.
German
Prost
To a good evening, "cheers!"
German
Wein, weib und Gesang
Wine, woman and song.
German
Donner und Blitzen
Thunder and lightning, expressing anger.
German
Zeitgeist
General spirit of an era.
German
Kunstwerk
Work of art.
German
Mein Schätzle
My sweetheart, my treasure.
German
Viel Glück
Good luck.
German
Glückwunsch
Congratulations.
German
Guten Abend
Good Evening.
German
Guten Morgen
Good Morning.
German
Guten Tag
Good Day.
German
Gute Nacht
Good night.
German
Shlemiel
A simple or foolish person; someone who is unlucky.
Yiddish
Mazel tov
Congratulations.
Yiddish
Oy vey
Oh, woe - pain.
Yiddish
Klutz
A clumsy person.
Yiddish
Farchadat
Confused.
Yiddish
Bubeleh
Term of endearment; dear one, sweetheart.
Yiddish
Shalom
Hello, so long, good-bye. (Hebrew)
Yiddish
So geht es
So it goes.
Yiddish
Tchotchke
Little things that clutter up a house.
Yiddish
Schlock
Cheap stuff.
Yiddish
Was machst du?
What are you doing?
Yiddish
Nebbish
A simple person.
Yiddish
Kvetch
Complain, gripe.
Yiddish
Shayne
Pretty.
Yiddish
Maydele
Girl; little girl.
Yiddish
Boychik
Boy; little boy.
Yiddish