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les étrennes – French expression

les étrennes - French expression

French

la tirelire

What does the French word ' les étrennes '  mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

les étrennes – New Year's gift. Traditionally, grand parents, uncles and aunts give little ones leurs étrennes, their New Year’s gift. It is often an envelope with a Euro or two. Étrennes are also given to the local post(wo)man and fire(wo)man, who come to the door in December to sell a calendar, often featuring a kitten or a snowy landscape on the front page. The proceeds go to their charity organization.

  • « Il met toutes ses étrennes dans sa tirelire. »
    • “He puts all of his New Year's gifts in his piggy bank.”

Related: French New Year’s resolutions . PRENDRE conjugated . About the New Year . New Year Vocabulary . Celebrating the New Year in France . Vocabulary Test . Culture Test .

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