Terms of Endearment in French

Terms of Endearment in French – Les mots tendres


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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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