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une gamelle

une gamelle is a fall


What does the French word ‘une gamelle’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's audio.

une gamelle can mean several things in French. It's mostly either a tin dish, the kind we take camping, or a fall, and that's the meaning we'll focus on today, as we are in the middle of the Tour de France. Note that it's used in colloquial French.

  • « Les pauvres coureurs du peloton ont subi une énorme gamelle. Heureusement, il n'y a que des écorchures, pas de grosses blessures. »
    "The poor racers from the pack suffered a huge fall. Fortunately, all there is is scratches, no big wounds."

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