C’est cadeau

C'est cadeau
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Informal French Expression

Meaning it’s free, it’s on the house
Literally it’s gift
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Pronunciation French sound files [say kah doh]
IPA   [se ka do]

Usage notes: The French expression c’est cadeau indicates that something is a gift, but not a personal one. Rather, it’s something that a store or restaurant is giving you – what is often redundantly called “a free gift.”

Par exemple…

Achetez deux croissants, et le café, c’est cadeau !   Buy two croissants and the coffee’s on the house!
En Californie, voter c’est cadeau.
(Liberátion, le 4 nov 2008)
  In California, voting gets you a free gift.

 Note the lack of an article in c’est cadeau, which has a slightly different meaning than c’est un cadeau.

  • C’est cadeau means that a business is giving you something for free.
  • C’est un cadeau means that someone you (probably) know – a friend, a family member – is giving you a gift.

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