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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