French compound nouns are made up of two or more words connected by hyphens, and figuring out their gender can be a little tricky. Here are some rules that can help you to determine the gender of compound nouns.
One of the eight parts of speech, a noun is commonly defined as "a person, place, or thing." If that seems vague, that's because it is.
Most French nouns and adjectives become feminine with the addition of e, but there are some exceptions. Some nouns require an additional spelling change, depending on the final letter(s) of the word.