Foreign Adjectives

Foreign adjectives in French
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Adjectifs empruntés

French has borrowed or adapted a number of adjectives from other languages, and they are always invariable.

Par exemple…

une fête relax   a laid-back party
une pièce zen   a Zen room
des repas kascher   kosher meals
des meubles design   designer furniture

Foreign adjectives used in French

a cappella  a cappella  
a priori  a priori  
ad hoc  ad hoc  
afrikaans  Afrikans  
afro  Afro (hairstyle) (informal)
al dente  al dente  
amish  Amish  
antitrust  anti-trust  
audio  audio  
baby  baby  
beat  beatnik  
bêta  beta  
bling-bling  bling, bling-bling  
cantilever  cantilever  
cascher  kosher (in accordance with Judaic principles)
cash  frank, direct, up-front (informal)
Celsius  Celsius  
charter  charter  
cheap  cheap, poor quality  
clean  clean  
cool  cool  
cosy  cozy  
dance  related to dance music  
design  designer  
destroy  destroyed, trashed, wild  
express  espress, espresso  
Fahrenheit  Fahrenheit  
flashy  flashy, bright, colorful  
free-lance  freelance  
fun  fun  
funky  funk  
glamour  glamorous  
gold  gold, golden  
gore  gory  
gratis  free  
groggy  groggy  
grunge  grunge (music, style)
halal  halal (in accordance with Sharia principles)
hi-fi  hi-fi  
high-tech  high-tech  
hot  hot jazz  
hype  trendy, hip  
kascher  kosher (in accordance with Judaic principles)
kitsch  kitsch  
indoor  indoor  
inuit  Inuit  
jazzy  related to jazz  
kif-kif  same, identical  
kitch
kitsch
  kitsch  
lambda  averge, typical  
light  light, low calorie  
live  live  
marengo  Marengo  
offset  offset  
offshore  offshore  
out  out of touch, (tennis) out  
people
pipeule
pipole
  celebrity  
pop  pop (music, art)
prémium  premium, high quality  
pro forma  pro forma  
punk  punk  
record  record  
relax  relaxed, informal, laid back  
revolving  revolving  
schlass  drunk (informal)
scratch  scratch (race) (cycling)
select  select, high-class, posh  
sexy  sexy  
sioux  astute, wily (informal)
snob  snobby, snobbish  
soft  soft, cozy, watered-down  
solo  solo  
soul  soul (music)
sport  casual, athletic (clothes, shoes)
spot  spot (economics)
standard  standard  
stand-by  stand-by  
sterling  (pound) sterling  
tango  bright orange  
tip-top  perfect  
top  great, best  
trash  trashy, base, tasteless  
vaudou  voodoo  
vidéo  video  
waterproof  waterproof  
zen  Zen  

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Foreign adjectives used in French
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