French words for Lunch
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List of the most common French words for Lunch

Now that French lunch does not have any secret for you anymore, let’s learn the French words that are related to lunch. Just like le p’tit-dèj, we can also shorten le déjeuner and call it le dèj. (Note that only the noun is shortened here, and not the length of the meal!!!)

Lunch : French words list

Le déjeuner /Le dèj.Lunch
L’entrée (f.)Appetizer or First course
Le plat principalMain course
Le dessertDessert
Les féculentsCarbohydrates
Les pâtes (f.)Pastas
Le rizRice
La pomme de terre/La patatePotatoe
La friteFrench frie
La viandeMeat
Le boeufBeef
Le pouletChicken
La saucisseSausage
Le porcPork
Le jambonHam
Le poissonFish
Le saumonSalmon
Le thonTuna
La sardineSardine
L’œuf (m.)Egg
L’œuf dur (m.)Boiled egg
L’omelette (f.)Omelette
Le légumeVegetable
La courgetteZucchini
La tomateTomato
La carotteCarrot
Le champignonMushroom
Le poireauLeek
L’oignon (m.)Onion
La saladeSalad
Le brocoliBroccoli
Le haricot vertGreen bean
Le petit poisPea
Le maïsCorn
La soupeSoup
Le fruitFruit
Le yaourtYogurt
Le painBread
Le fromageCheese
L’eau gazeuse (f.)Sparkling water
L’eau plate (f.)Still Water
Le vin blancWhite wine
Le vin rougeRed wine
Le caféCoffee
La brasserieBrasserie
Le menu du jourToday’s special
La cantineCanteen
MangerTo eat
BoireTo drink
Déjeunerto have lunch

My favorite lunch

I love long lunches when it is already time for the afternoon snack but you are still seating at the dining room’s table! Just relaxing, digesting and drinking coffee after a very nice meal. I enjoy cooking for my family and I like pretty much any kind of food, not too spicy though.

Mouth on fire ⇝ Not for me!


I usually cook an entrée, a soupe in winter and a salade with thon, tomate et maïs in the summer, a plat principal, such as poulet, pommes de terre and haricots verts. For the dessert, I generally eat a yaourt or a fruit. And of course, my déjeuner ends with un café.

Did you understand what I can cook for le déjeuner ? What kind of dish do you cook for lunch ?

Fun Fact

Before the meal, and even before the entrée, there is another moment in the meal that is called the apéritif, most commonly called the apéro (“Appetizer“). Usually, French people have a glass of alcohol (Ricard, cocktail, wine,…) or a glass of fruit juice for people who do not drink alcohol or for children. A small snack is also usually served along with the drinks, like peanuts, potato chips, toasts with butter and smoked salmon or mini pizzas. As you can guess, the apéro can last a very long time !


One last thing : When having a coffee at the end of the meal, many people have a square of chocolate (I also do :)) to finish on a sweet touch.

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