Most commonly used adjectives in French

Adjectives are used to modify nouns. In this lesson, you will learn about the most commonly used adjectives in French. You will often come across them while you read any story or phrases in French. See what they mean.

1. Âgé

English : old/elderly

Meaning : having lived for a long time; no longer young

Example : Nos enfants sont assez âgés pour aller à l’école primaire.(Our children are old enough to go to primary school.)

2. Amical

English : friendly

Meaning : behaving in a kind and pleasant way because you like somebody or want to help them

Example : L’accueil a été chaleureux et amical. (The welcome was warm and friendly.)

3. Ancien

English : old, ancient, former

Meaning : having existed or been used for a long time

Example : D’anciennes tribus vivaient dans cette vallée. (Ancient tribes used to live in this valley.)

4. Beau

English : beautiful (masculine), good-looking, handsome

Meaning : having beauty; giving pleasure to the senses or to the mind

Example : L’actrice a un très beau visage. (The actress has a very beautiful face.)

5. Bizarre

English : odd, weird, strange

Meaning : unusual or surprising, especially in a way that is difficult to understand

Example : L’imprimante fait un bruit bizarre. (The printer makes a strange noise.)

6. Bon

English : good, nice, right, proper

Meaning : of high quality or an acceptable standard

Example : Je connais un bon restaurant à proximité. (I know a good restaurant nearby.)

7. Chaleureux

English : warm, friendly

Meaning : showing enthusiasm, friendship or love

Example : L’accueil a été chaleureux et amical. (The welcome was warm and friendly.)

8. Cher

English : dear, beloved; expensive

Meaning : ​costing a lot of money

Example : Ma mère a acheté une bague très chère. (My mother bought a very expensive ring.)

9. Clair

English : light, clear

Meaning : easy to understand and not confusing

Example : Le manuel emploie des illustrations claires. (The manual uses clear illustrations.)

10. Content

English : happy, glad, pleased

Meaning : feeling or showing pleasure; pleased

Example : Les employés sont contents de l’environnement de travail. (The employees are happy with the work environment.) 

11. Courageux

English : brave

Meaning :  willing to do things that are difficult, dangerous or painful; not afraid

Example : Le chien policier a été récompensé pour avoir été très courageux. (The police dog was rewarded for being very courageous.)

12. Désolé

English : sorry

Meaning : feeling sad and ashamed about something that has been done

Example : Je suis désolé pour tout inconvénient que j’ai pu causer. (I am sorry for any inconvenience I may have caused.)

13. Difficile

English : difficult, hard, tough

Meaning : not easy; needing effort or skill to do or to understand

Example : Les devoirs comprenaient quelques exercices difficiles. (The homework included some difficult exercises.)

14. Doux

English : soft, smooth

Meaning : changing shape easily when pressed; not stiff or hard

Example : L’enfant a caressé la douce fourrure du lapin. (The child stroked the rabbit’s soft fur.)

15. Drôle

English : comical, funny

Meaning : making you laugh

Example : Mon ami a raconté une histoire drôle pour me faire rire. (My friend told a funny story to make me laugh.)

We hope you could get enough knowledge about the adjectives in French in this article. For more vocabulary in French, keep reading our article.

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