Bonne fête !

Celebratory French Expression

Bonne fête !
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Meaning Happy birthday! Happy (name) day!
Literally Good holiday!
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Pronunciation French sound files [buhn feht]
IPA   [bɔn fɛt]

Usage notes: Bonne fête traditionally means "happy (name) day," in reference to Saint’s days, also known as Feast days. For example, Saint Laura’s feast day is 19 October, so on that day someone might say bonne fête to me.

Bonne fête is also used as a generic holiday wish, such as for Bastille Day or another holiday like Mother’s Day, Assumption, etc.

French holiday expressions

 In Canada and Louisiana, bonne fête typically means "happy birthday."

Synonyms (in North America)

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