Welcome to our collection of beautiful French words.
French is one of those languages where basically every word sounds incredible, so this was a really fun list of words to compile. In addition to these French words sounding so lovely, it’s likely that a lot of them will also sound familiar to you, since many English words have been adopted from French roots. So while you’ll hopefully find this list to be a source of thought-provoking words that are both meaningful and aesthetically pleasing, you might also find it a little educational as you start recognising the sounds and shapes of beautiful words that you already use every day.
List of Beautiful Words in French
- chatoyer (v.) to gleam or glisten.
- coeur (n.) heart.
- aléatoire (adj.) random, uncertain.
- gentillesse (n.) kindness.
- coccinelle (n.) ladybird
- esperance (n.) hope.
- dépaysement (v.) to leave your comfort zone.
- vachement (adj.) very, truly, genuinely
- empêchement (n.) a last minute change of plans
- tohu-bohu (adj.) chaos, confusion; anything that disrupts peace and causes pandemonium.
- profiter (v). making the most of a situation.
- épater (v.) to amaze, shock, or impress.
- savoir-faire (n.) know-how, canniness, knowledge in solving practical problems.
- amourette (n.) a short romantic relationship.
- bisou (n.) a friendly kiss.
- étoile (n.) a star or something star-shaped.
- luciole (n). a firefly.
- brume (n.) mist.
- chouchou (n.) little cabbage (a term of endearment <3)
- epanoui (adj.) radiant, bright, joyful, blooming
- retrovailles (n.) the joy of seeing someone again that you haven’t seen in a long time.
- joli (adj.) pretty.
- arc-en-ciel (n): rainbow.
- lueur (n.) glow
- soigné (adj.) having an aura of polish and elegance.
- souhaiter (v.) to wish, or hope
- intrépide (adj.) fearless.
- serein (n.) a fine, mist-like rain that falls from a clear sky either at sundown or early evening.
- enchanté (phr.) nice to meet you.
- heureux (n.) happy.
- loisible (adj.) having the freedom to do as you please.
- apaisant (adj.) soothing.
- bouleversant (adj.) deeply moving, overwhelming and affecting.
- quatervois (n.) a crossroads or important decision. a turning point in one’s life.:
- sillage (n.) the impression left in a space after someone has been and gone; left in traces of perfume or scent, things left behind, or echoes of sound.
- trouvaille (n.) an encounter with something wonderful that happens by chance and luck rather than design.
- liberté (n.) freedom.
- ciel (n.) sky.
- croire (v.) to believe
- inoubliable (adj.) unforgettable.
- éblouissant (adj.) dazzling, glorious
- recherche (adj.) carefully picked, rare, unusual.
- raconteur (n.) a skillful storyteller.
- effleurage (v.) to gently stroke as you might a flower; a series of light, gentle touches used in massage.
These words were found in various blogs, educational sites, and collections around the web. Sites like Tumblr, Pinterest, and FluentU were all wildly helpful in building this growing collection, as were various online dictionaries. Though I do like to travel around the internet and furrow around in books for help with coming up with these entries, I am careful to write all of the meanings myself – so if you see anything in your online travels that looks a little too much like something I’ve written, it’s an unintentional similarity. If it’s a problem, let us know and we’ll get onto it ASAP.
While we’ve been very careful in our research and compilation, we are still definitely human (unfortunately) and prone to error. So if you see any corrections or updates to our French words that need to be made, please don’t be shy – either leave a comment or get in contact and let us know. We’ll be onto it as soon as we can.
If you have any words that you think should be added to this list, we’d love to hear from you. Found a new favourite word? A beautiful meaning? A positive word you related to and wanted to share? Or perhaps a great new source of interesting French words on Tumblr, Twitter, or Pinterest? Tell us about your linguistic inter-web travels!