Bon anniversaire !

Bon anniversaire !
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Happy French Expression

MeaningHappy birthday!
LiterallyGood birthday!
PronunciationFrench sound files [buh nah ni vehr sehr]
IPA  [bɔ na ni vɛʀ sɛʀ]
(note the required liaison between the two words)

Usage notes: Bon anniversaire is just one of the ways to say "happy birthday" in French.

Par exemple…

Bon anniversaire ! Happy birthday!
Bon anniversaire à mon cher mari. Happy birthday to my dear husband.

 Informally, you can apocope bon anniversaire to bon anniv.

Synonyms and related expressions

Related vocabulary

birthday un anniversaire
birthday cake un gâteau d’anniversaire
birthday card une carte d’anniversaire
birthday party une fête / soirée pour son anniversaire
birthday present un cadeau d’anniversaire
in one’s birthday suit en costume d’Adam / d’Ève
to blow out the candles,
to celebrate one’s birthday
 souffler ses bougies
When is your birthday? Quelle est la date / Quel est le jour de ton anniversaire ?
What did you get for your birthday? Qu’est-ce que tu as eu pour ton anniversaire ?

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