Terms of Endearment in French – Les mots tendres
Terms of Endearment in French – Listen to Anne’s AUDIO, with a French accent.
These terms of endearment all mean ‘my dear, my love, my sweetheart’ in English. They are translated literally for the most part. Are there more terms in French than there are in English? Please, feel free to “Leave a Reply” with your suggestions.
The gender column reflects the gender of the term itself, as well as the use of the term.
For instance, you’ll see masculine and feminine for ‘mon chou’ – my sweet puff – because even though the word ‘chou’ is masculine, it’s used of males and females alike. You may – and should – say ‘mon chou’ to all the women you love.
|f||ma bichette||my fawn|
|f||ma douce||my soft one|
|f||ma mie (mon amie)||my friend (obsolete)|
|m/f||ma puce||my flea|
|m/f||mon amour||my love|
|m||mon bijou||my jewel|
|m/f||mon chéri, ma chérie||my love, my dearie|
|m/f||mon chou, mon chouchou||my sweet puff, sweetsweet puffpuff|
|m/f||mon coco, ma cocotte||my rooster, my hen|
|m/f||mon cœur||my heart|
|m/f||mon doudou||my soft one, blankie|
|m/f||mon lapin||my sweetheart (my rabbit)|
|m/f||mon nounours||my Teddy bear|
|m/f||mon précieux, ma précieuse||my precious|
|m/f||mon trognon||my apple core|
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