Synonyms of 'French'
language note:The number of words which English has borrowed from French is considerable. In the following passage, French loan words are highlighted in bold: Close to half the general vocabulary of modern English derives from either French or Latin and, of this, a remarkable amount is directly descended from French. Words from French tend to be longer, with more syllables, and of a higher register than their English counterparts. They also tend to be nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs rather than grammatical words. There were several historical periods during which the majority of borrowing took place. After the Norman Conquest, the ruling class spoke Anglo-Norman, a dialect of French, for nearly 300 hundred years. French was the language of government, law, administration, and literature, but words were also adopted into the fields of medicine, art, and fashion. A later period of influx was during the Renaissance when developments in science and technology, and a focus on education and learning, led to a deliberate attempt to enrich the English language with foreign words. Equally, the French language has borrowed words from English and the close contact between the two cultures has even inspired a corrupt version of French called Franglais.
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Thesaurus for French from the Collins English Thesaurus
French means belonging or relating to France, or to its people, language, or culture .