1000 most common French words

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List of the most common French vocabulary words

  1. le [article] (the)
  2. de [preposition] (of)
  3. être [verb] (to be)
  4. un [article] (a)
  5. à [preposition] (to)
  6. avoir [verb] (to have)
  7. il [pronoun] (he)
  8. ce [determiner] (this)
  9. en [preposition] (in)
  10. et [conjunction] (and)
  11. pour [preposition] (for)
  12. pas [adverb] (not)
  13. son [determiner] (his)
  14. dans [preposition] (in)
  15. je [pronoun] (I)
  16. se [pronoun] (itself, himself, herself) This is the third-person reflexive pronoun.
  17. lui [pronoun] (him)
  18. sur [preposition] (on)
  19. par [preposition] (through)
  20. nous [pronoun] (we)
  21. on [pronoun] (someone, some people, we) This French personal pronoun does not have an English equivalent. It can have a variety of meanings depending on the context, such as “someone”, “people”, or “we”.
  22. au [contraction] (contraction of “à le”) This French word is a contraction of the preposition “à” and the article “le”.
  23. ne [particle] (not)
  24. tout [adjective] (all)
  25. vous [pronoun] (you - plural)
  26. faire [verb] (to do)
  27. avec [preposition] (with)
  28. plus [adverb] (more)
  29. pouvoir [verb] (to be able to)
  30. très [adverb] (very)
  31. mais [conjunction] (but)
  32. aussi [adverb] (too)
  33. leur [determiner] (their)
  34. devoir [verb] (to have to)
  35. votre [determiner] (your)
  36. que [conjunction] (that)
  37. notre [determiner] (our)
  38. donc [adverb] (therefore)
  39. bien [adverb] (well)
  40. aller [verb] (to go)
  41. également [adverb] (also)
  42. mon [determiner] (my)
  43. cela [pronoun] (that)
  44. falloir [verb] (to need)
  45. autre [adjective] (other)
  46. y [pronoun] (there)
  47. même [adverb] (even)
  48. nouveau [adjective] (new)
  49. deux [numeral] (two)
  50. bon [adjective] (good)
  51. premier [adjective] (first)
  52. me [pronoun] (me)
  53. toujours [adverb] (always)
  54. encore [adverb] (again, still)
  55. qui [pronoun] (who)
  56. prendre [verb] (to take)
  57. rester [verb] (to stay)
  58. sans [preposition] (without)
  59. alors [adverb] (then)
  60. an [noun] (year)
  61. grand [adjective] (big)
  62. voir [verb] (to see)
  63. site [noun] (site)
  64. français [adjective] (French)
  65. travail [noun] (work) Despite -or perhaps because of- the French emphasis on work-life balance, this word is one of the most frequently used French nouns.
  66. naître [verb] (to be born)
  67. vouloir [verb] (to want)
  68. ou [conjunction] (or)
  69. depuis [preposition] (since)
  70. jour [noun] (day)
  71. temps [noun] (time)
  72. comme [conjunction] (as)
  73. question [noun] (question)
  74. personne [noun] (person) This common French word has several meanings. As a noun it means “a person”, but when used as a pronoun it means “no one”, or “nobody”.
  75. beaucoup [adverb] (a lot)
  76. passer [verb]
  77. place [noun] (a place, a square)
  78. devenir [verb] (to become)
  79. vie [noun] (life)
  80. pourcent [noun] (percent)
  81. monde [noun] (world)
  82. connaître [verb] (to know)
  83. groupe [noun] (group)
  84. déjà [adverb] (already)
  85. attendre [verb] (to wait)
  86. [adverb] (there)
  87. sous [preposition] (under)
  88. homme [noun] (man)
  89. rien [pronoun] (nothing)
  90. venir [verb] (to come)
  91. résultat [noun] (result)
  92. petit [adjective] (small)
  93. projet [noun] (project)
  94. point [noun] (point)
  95. dernier [adjective] (last)
  96. jeu [noun] (game)
  97. euro [noun] (euro)
  98. mettre [verb] (to put)
  99. politique [adjective] (political)
  100. problème [noun] (problem)
  101. enfant [noun] (child) This French word comes from the Latin word “īnfāns”. French is a language which originates from Latin, and as a result there are many similarities between French and Latin.
  102. quelque [determiner] (some)
  103. dire [verb] (to say)
  104. plusieurs [adjective] (several)
  105. aucun [adjective] (none)
  106. ville [noun] (city, town)
  107. chose [noun] (thing)
  108. entre [preposition] (between)
  109. commencer [verb] (to begin)
  110. après [preposition] (after)
  111. vraiment [adverb] (really)
  112. contre [preposition] (against)
  113. vers [preposition] (towards)
  114. fin [noun] (end)
  115. savoir [verb] (to know)
  116. France [proper noun] (France)
  117. partie [noun] (part)
  118. heure [noun] (hour)
  119. service [noun] (service)
  120. situation [noun] (situation)
  121. ici [adverb] (here)
  122. cas [noun] (case)
  123. pays [noun] (country)
  124. important [adjective] (important)
  125. cours [noun] (the course, the rate)
  126. merci [noun] (thank-you)
  127. trois [numeral] (three)
  128. prix [noun] (price, award) This French vocabulary word has two different meanings. It can mean the price of something which is for sale. It can also mean a prize, such as in “le prix Nobel”, or “le prix Goncourt” (a literary prize).
  129. prévoir [verb] (to expect, to anticipate)
  130. seul [adjective] (alone, lonely)
  131. public [adjective] (public)
  132. année [noun] (year)
  133. peu [adverb] (a little, not much, not very)
  134. lieu [noun] (place)
  135. histoire [noun] (story, history)
  136. compte [noun] (account)
  137. maintenant [adverb] (now)
  138. ensuite [adverb] (afterwards, later, next)
  139. retour [noun] (return)
  140. ainsi [adverb] (thus)
  141. équipe [noun] (team)
  142. mois [noun] (month)
  143. recherche [noun] (research)
  144. match [noun] (match) Because of the important role of soccer in French culture, it is not surprising to find this word among the most common French words.
  145. chez [preposition] (at, to)
  146. comment [adverb] (how)
  147. chaque [adjective] (each)
  148. photo [noun] (photo)
  149. trop [adverb] (too)
  150. information [noun] (information)
  151. demande [noun] (request)
  152. suivre [verb] (to follow)
  153. marché [noun] (market)
  154. famille [noun] (family)
  155. réponse [noun] (answer)
  156. droit [noun] (right)
  157. nombreux [adjective] (numerous)
  158. système [noun] (system)
  159. jamais [adverb] (never)
  160. bel [adjective] (good-looking, pretty)
  161. formation [noun] (a training, a forming)
  162. coup [noun] (blow)
  163. ligne [noun] (line)
  164. fait [noun] (fact)
  165. non [adverb] (no)
  166. forme [noun] (shape)
  167. mort [noun] (dead person)
  168. femme [noun] (woman)
  169. film [noun] (film)
  170. changer [verb] (to change)
  171. donner [verb] (to give)
  172. avant [preposition] (before)
  173. général [adjective] (general)
  174. affaire [noun] (affair)
  175. différent [adjective] (different)
  176. trouver [verb] (to find)
  177. semaine [noun] (week) This French word comes from the late Latin word “septimāna”, itself derived from the Latin word “septimus” meaning “seventh”.
  178. jeune [adjective] (young)
  179. page [noun] (page)
  180. ouvrir [verb] (to open)
  181. entreprise [noun] (company)
  182. perdre [verb] (to lose)
  183. tu [pronoun] (you)
  184. ton [determiner] (your)
  185. Paris [proper noun] (Paris)
  186. moment [noun] (moment)
  187. fort [adjective] (strong)
  188. américain [adjective] (American)
  189. souvent [adverb] (often)
  190. assez [adverb] (enough)
  191. million [numeral] (million)
  192. image [noun] (image)
  193. vrai [adjective] (true)
  194. quel [adjective] (which)
  195. dollar [noun] (dollar)
  196. septembre [noun] (September)
  197. utiliser [verb] (to utilize)
  198. ci [adverb] (here)
  199. permettre [verb] (to allow)
  200. simple [adjective] (simple)
  201. nom [noun] (name)
  202. exister [verb] (to exist)
  203. moins [adverb] (less)
  204. titre [noun] (title)
  205. parler [verb] (to talk)
  206. jouer [verb] (to play)
  207. revenir [verb] (to come back)
  208. programme [noun] (a program)
  209. prochain [adjective] (next, upcoming)
  210. porte [noun] (door)
  211. joueur [noun] (player)
  212. choix [noun] (choice)
  213. appeler [verb] (to call)
  214. cependant [adverb] (however)
  215. disponible [adjective] (available)
  216. juin [noun] (June)
  217. exemple [noun] (example)
  218. président [noun] (president)
  219. activité [noun] (activity)
  220. maison [noun] (house)
  221. comprendre [verb] (to understand)
  222. difficile [adjective] (difficult)
  223. tenir [verb] (to hold)
  224. début [noun] (beginning)
  225. pourtant [adverb] (yet)
  226. décision [noun] (decision)
  227. livre [noun] (book)
  228. acteur [noun] (actor)
  229. fois [noun] (time)
  230. long [adjective] (long)
  231. mal [adverb] (badly)
  232. mesure [noun] (measure)
  233. centre [noun] (center)
  234. effet [noun] (effect)
  235. risque [noun] (risk)
  236. sembler [verb] (to seem)
  237. celui [pronoun] (the one)
  238. rencontre [noun] (encounter, meeting)
  239. produit [noun] (product)
  240. société [noun] (society)
  241. actuellement [adverb] (currently)
  242. action [noun] (a deed)
  243. gouvernement [noun] (government)
  244. technique [adjective] (technical)
  245. niveau [noun] (level)
  246. pourquoi [adverb] (why)
  247. qualité [noun] (quality)
  248. journée [noun] (day)
  249. sortir [verb] (to go out)
  250. article [noun] (article)
  251. janvier [noun] (January)
  252. principal [adjective] (main)
  253. surtout [adverb] (above all)
  254. suite [noun] (continuation)
  255. plan [noun] (plan)
  256. désormais [adverb] (from now on)
  257. toutefois [adverb] (however)
  258. possible [adjective] (possible)
  259. octobre [noun] (October)
  260. eau [noun] (water)
  261. professionnel [adjective] (professional)
  262. créer [verb] (to create)
  263. avril [noun] (April)
  264. région [noun] (region)
  265. social [adjective] (social)
  266. moi [pronoun] (me)
  267. national [adjective] (national)
  268. texte [noun] (text)
  269. selon [preposition] (according to)
  270. juillet [noun] (July)
  271. tête [noun] (head)
  272. pratique [noun] (practice)
  273. offrir [verb] (to offer)
  274. recevoir [verb] (to receive)
  275. mars [noun] (March - the month)
  276. européen [adjective] (European)
  277. ailleurs [adverb] (somewhere else)
  278. poursuivre [verb] (to chase)
  279. enfin [adverb] (finally)
  280. pendant [preposition] (during)
  281. sujet [noun] (subject)
  282. solution [noun] (solution)
  283. certain [determiner] (certain)
  284. mai [noun] (May)
  285. réaliser [verb] (to carry out, to make)
  286. saison [noun] (season)
  287. ensemble [noun] (together)
  288. raison [noun] (reason)
  289. développement [noun] (development)
  290. meilleur [adjective] (better)
  291. liste [noun] (list)
  292. but [noun] (aim)
  293. mot [noun] (word)
  294. plutôt [adverb] (rather, instead)
  295. école [noun] (school)
  296. lancer [verb] (to throw)
  297. état [noun] (state)
  298. carte [noun] (card)
  299. international [adjective] (international)
  300. musique [noun] (music)
  301. novembre [noun] (November)
  302. base [noun] (base)
  303. club [noun] (club)
  304. main [noun] (hand)
  305. dossier [noun] (folder, file, case) This French word can refer to a “file”, in the sense “a set of documents related to a person or a project”. In computer terminology, this word refers to a “folder”, while the French word “fichier” refers to a computer file.
  306. membre [noun] (member)
  307. environ [adverb] (about)
  308. devant [preposition] (in front)
  309. fonction [noun] (function)
  310. décembre [noun] (December)
  311. arriver [verb] (to arrive)
  312. ca [preposition] (that)
  313. mise [noun] (placement)
  314. février [noun] (February)
  315. reprendre [verb] (to resume, to take back)
  316. date [noun] (date)
  317. modèle [noun] (model)
  318. vivre [verb] (to live)
  319. chiffre [noun] (a digit)
  320. conseil [noun] (an advice, a council)
  321. besoin [noun] (need)
  322. loi [noun] (law)
  323. étude [noun] (study)
  324. couleur [noun] (color)
  325. gens [noun] (some group of people)
  326. objectif [noun] (objective)
  327. deuxième [adjective] (second)
  328. rapport [noun] (report, ratio)
  329. découvrir [verb] (to discover)
  330. idée [noun] (idea)
  331. succès [noun] (success)
  332. jusque [preposition] (until)
  333. guerre [noun] (war) Sadly the world is not always peaceful, and this French word frequently occurs in news stories. Its opposite, the word “paix” meaning “peace”, is also in this list of most common French words, although slightly lower down the list.
  334. rôle [noun] (role)
  335. valeur [noun] (value)
  336. agir [verb] (to act)
  337. rendre [verb] (to return)
  338. sécurité [noun] (security)
  339. puis [conjunction] (then)
  340. victoire [noun] (victory)
  341. ancien [adjective] (old)
  342. crise [noun] (crisis)
  343. tour [noun] (tower)
  344. dès [preposition] (from)
  345. annoncer [verb] (to announce)
  346. croire [verb] (to believe)
  347. côté [noun] (side)
  348. minute [noun] (minute)
  349. vue [noun] (sight)
  350. gros [adjective] (big)
  351. nuit [noun] (night)
  352. parfois [adverb] (sometimes)
  353. association [noun] (association)
  354. aide [noun] (help)
  355. travailler [verb] (to work)
  356. obtenir [verb] (to obtain)
  357. force [noun] (force)
  358. complet [adjective] (full, complete)
  359. départ [noun] (departure)
  360. plein [adjective] (full)
  361. moyen [noun] (a method, a means)
  362. si [conjunction] (if)
  363. dur [adjective] (hard)
  364. partir [verb] (to leave)
  365. cause [noun] (cause)
  366. route [noun] (road)
  367. visite [noun] (visit)
  368. donnée [noun] (data)
  369. débat [noun] (debate)
  370. opération [noun] (operation)
  371. loin [adverb] (far)
  372. réseau [noun] (network)
  373. police [noun] (police)
  374. vente [noun] (sale)
  375. répondre [verb] (to answer)
  376. terminer [verb] (to end)
  377. local [adjective] (local)
  378. économique [adjective] (economic)
  379. condition [noun] (condition)
  380. choisir [verb] (to choose)
  381. finir [verb] (to finish)
  382. août [noun] (August)
  383. quatre [numeral] (four)
  384. proposer [verb] (to propose)
  385. servir [verb] (to serve)
  386. arrêter [verb] (to stop)
  387. expérience [noun] (experience, experiment)
  388. gestion [noun] (administration)
  389. population [noun] (population)
  390. nombre [noun] (number)
  391. mouvement [noun] (movement)
  392. présent [adjective] (present)
  393. type [noun] (kind)
  394. retrouver [verb] (to find again)
  395. accord [noun] (an agreement)
  396. version [noun] (version)
  397. langue [noun] (a language)
  398. présenter [verb] (to present)
  399. gagner [verb] (to win)
  400. corps [noun] (body)
  401. voilà [verb] (there is)
  402. salle [noun] (hall)
  403. secteur [noun] (sector)
  404. terrain [noun] (ground)
  405. posséder [verb] (to own)
  406. mieux [adverb] (better)
  407. demander [verb] (to ask)
  408. mourir [verb] (to die)
  409. direction [noun] (direction)
  410. porter [verb] (to carry)
  411. terre [noun] (earth) This French word comes from the Latin word “terra”. The English word “terrestrial” has the same etymology, as it also originates from the same Latin root.
  412. financier [adjective] (financial)
  413. voici [preposition] (here is)
  414. noir [adjective] (black)
  415. changement [noun] (change)
  416. particulièrement [adverb] (particularly)
  417. sortie [noun] (exit)
  418. course [noun] (race)
  419. entendre [verb] (to hear)
  420. dimanche [noun] (Sunday)
  421. personnel [adjective] (personal)
  422. beau [adjective] (pretty)
  423. appel [noun] (call)
  424. contrat [noun] (contract) Notice how this French word differs from its English counterpart though the absence of the letter ‘c’. In Old French, the letter ‘c’ was present in this word, and the English term is a borrowing from Old French. The origin of this word is the Latin word “contractum”.
  425. libre [adjective] (free)
  426. presse [noun] (the press)
  427. particulier [adjective] (particular)
  428. habitant [noun] (an inhabitant)
  429. écrire [verb] (to write)
  430. oeil [noun] (an eye)
  431. assurer [verb] (to assure)
  432. lien [noun] (link)
  433. vite [adverb] (quickly)
  434. enquête [noun] (investigation)
  435. quand [conjunction] (when)
  436. humain [adjective] (human)
  437. contrôle [noun] (control)
  438. vendredi [noun] (Friday)
  439. voiture [noun] (car) We can hope that given the growing environmental efforts, the word “vélo”, meaning “bicycle” will also someday appear in the list of the 1000 most common French vocabulary words. But that is unfortunately not yet the case.
  440. production [noun] (production)
  441. fête [noun] (a holiday, a party)
  442. commune [noun] (a town)
  443. chef [noun] (manager, boss) This French word is also found in the English language in the context of cooking. In French it also has that meaning, but in addition it can mean “boss” or “manager”. Its range of meanings makes it easy for this word to rank among the 1000 most common French words.
  444. mauvais [adjective] (bad)
  445. période [noun] (period)
  446. victime [noun] (victim)
  447. haut [adjective] (high)
  448. série [noun] (series)
  449. poste [noun] (post office) This word corresponds to two different French words. The first one, which is feminine is “la poste” means “the post office”. The second one is masculine, “le poste” means “the position” in the sense “the job”.
  450. document [noun] (document)
  451. détail [noun] (detail)
  452. méthode [noun] (method)
  453. part [noun] (a hare)
  454. fille [noun] (a girl)
  455. durée [noun] (duration)
  456. traitement [noun] (treatment)
  457. réussir [verb] (to succeed in)
  458. véritable [adjective] (real, genuine) This French adjective comes from the French noun “vérité”, which means “truth”.
  459. laisser [verb] (to leave)
  460. second [adjective] (second)
  461. village [noun] (village)
  462. position [noun] (position)
  463. scène [noun] (stage)
  464. troisième [adjective] (third)
  465. juste [adverb] (exactly)
  466. excellent [adjective] (excellent)
  467. domaine [noun] (domain)
  468. continuer [verb] (to continue)
  469. création [noun] (creation)
  470. samedi [noun] (Saturday)
  471. marque [noun] (mark)
  472. publier [verb] (to publish)
  473. message [noun] (message)
  474. organisation [noun] (organization)
  475. vidéo [noun] (video)
  476. total [adjective] (total)
  477. client [noun] (customer)
  478. lundi [noun] (Monday)
  479. réalité [noun] (reality)
  480. organiser [verb] (to organise)
  481. te [pronoun] (yourself, you) This French word is used instead of “tu”, for the grammatical case of a direct of indirect object. It is also used as the reflexive second person singular pronoun.
  482. Europe [proper noun] (Europe)
  483. cinq [numeral] (five)
  484. pièce [noun] (room)
  485. pied [noun] (foot)
  486. sentir [verb] (to smell)
  487. voyage [noun] (travel)
  488. santé [noun] (health)
  489. rapidement [adverb] (quickly, fast)
  490. origine [noun] (origin)
  491. clair [adjective] (clear)
  492. soirée [noun] (evening)
  493. allemand [adjective] (German)
  494. [adverb] (where)
  495. spectacle [noun] (spectacle)
  496. principe [noun] (principle)
  497. art [noun] (art)
  498. mercredi [noun] (Wednesday)
  499. ordre [noun] (order)
  500. atteindre [verb] (to attain)
  501. actuel [adjective] (current)
  502. communication [noun] (communication)
  503. nécessaire [adjective] (necessary)
  504. partager [verb] (to share)
  505. père [noun] (father) For just about any language, a word with this meaning can be expected to appear in the list of most common words. In the case of French, this word originates from the Latin word “pater”.
  506. plaisir [noun] (pleasure)
  507. gratuit [adjective] (free of charge) In the English language, the word “free” is used both in the sense of “freedom” and in the sense “without cost”. In French there are two different vocabulary words: “libre” for the first meaning, and “gratuit” for the second. Both of these are among the most frequently used French words.
  508. classe [noun] (class)
  509. élève [noun] (student) This French word is often used to refer to a younger student, while the word “étudiant” is often used when referring to a student which has graduated high-school. These are both common French vocabulary words.
  510. parti [noun] (political party)
  511. campagne [noun] (country) This French word means “country” in the sense of “countryside”. Another meaning of this word is “campaign” as in “advertising campaign” which is “campagne publicitaire” in French.
  512. source [noun] (source)
  513. simplement [adverb] (simply) This common French adverb is formed by adding the suffix “-ment” to the adjective “simple”. More about this in this guide to French adverbs.
  514. propre [adjective] (clean)
  515. court [adjective] (short)
  516. culture [noun] (farming, growing, culture)
  517. analyse [noun] (analysis)
  518. seulement [adverb] (only)
  519. blanc [adjective] (white)
  520. certains [pronoun] (some)
  521. application [noun] (application)
  522. rue [noun] (street)
  523. fond [noun] (fund)
  524. commentaire [noun] (comment)
  525. parent [noun] (relative)
  526. emploi [noun] (job) This French word comes from the verb “employer” which means “to use”.
  527. presque [adverb] (almost)
  528. auteur [noun] (author)
  529. chambre [noun] (room)
  530. voie [noun] (way) “voie” and “voix” are two French homophones: although they are pronounced the same, they have different meanings. The first comes from the Latin word “via” and means “way” or “path”. The second comes from the Latin word “vox” and means “voice”.
  531. autorité [noun] (authority)
  532. plupart [noun] (most of, the majority)
  533. notamment [adverb] (notably)
  534. entrée [noun] (entrance)
  535. commande [noun] (an order)
  536. finalement [adverb] (in the end)
  537. lire [verb] (to read)
  538. concerner [verb] (to concern)
  539. varier [verb] (to vary)
  540. envoyer [verb] (to send)
  541. milieu [noun] (the center, the middle) This common French word has several meanings. It can mean “the middle” as in “the center”. It can also mean the “background” someone comes from.
  542. avis [noun] (opinion) The most common meaning of this French word is “opinion”. In other contexts, it can also mean “an announcement” or “a notice”.
  543. logiciel [noun] (software) Although the French language does often borrow computer-related vocabulary words from English, the word “logiciel” is not one of these.
  544. mission [noun] (mission)
  545. coût [noun] (cost) This French word is pronounced the same as the French word for “neck” which is “cou”. They are homophones, meaning that they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.
  546. limite [noun] (limit)
  547. hausse [noun] (rise)
  548. bilan [noun] (balance sheet) This French word comes from the Italian term “bilancio”. Both of these words have two possible meanings depending on the context. The first meaning is “balance sheet”. The second meaning is “assessment” or “outcome”.
  549. intérieur [noun] (interior)
  550. présentation [noun] (presentation)
  551. ami [noun] (friend) This common French word is spelled “ami” when it is masculine, and “amie” when it is feminine. They are pronounced the same, but as they are used with different grammatical articles (“un” vs. “une” for example), they are easy to distinguish even in spoken language.
  552. charge [noun] (load)
  553. ouvert [adjective] (open)
  554. internet [noun] (the Internet)
  555. ministre [noun] (minister) This French vocabulary word refers to a head of a government department, and not to a member of the clergy.
  556. directeur [noun] (director)
  557. bas [adjective] (low)
  558. nature [noun] (nature)
  559. espace [noun] (space)
  560. mode [noun] (fashion)
  561. construction [noun] (construction)
  562. réaction [noun] (reaction)
  563. préférer [verb] (to prefer)
  564. rapide [adjective] (fast)
  565. face [noun] (face)
  566. situer [verb] (to locate)
  567. inscrire [verb] (to inscribe)
  568. milliard [noun] (a billion)
  569. outil [noun] (tool)
  570. combat [noun] (struggle, fight)
  571. paraître [verb] (to appear)
  572. chemin [noun] (path)
  573. règle [noun] (rule)
  574. attention [noun] (attention) When used as an interjection, this French word means “watch out”.
  575. chance [noun] (chance)
  576. manque [noun] (lack)
  577. marquer [verb] (to mark)
  578. confiance [noun] (confidence)
  579. or [noun] (gold)
  580. double [adjective] (double)
  581. confirmer [verb] (to confirm)
  582. personnage [noun] (character)
  583. intéressant [adjective] (interesting)
  584. relation [noun] (relation)
  585. élément [noun] (element)
  586. jeudi [noun] (Thursday)
  587. reconnaître [verb] (to recognize)
  588. historique [adjective] (historical)
  589. prêt [adjective] (ready)
  590. toucher [verb] (to touch)
  591. étape [noun] (stage)
  592. siège [noun] (seat)
  593. mardi [noun] (Tuesday)
  594. effectuer [verb] ( to perform, to carry out)
  595. consulter [verb] (to consult)
  596. facile [adjective] (easy) This French adjective comes from the Latin adjective “facilis” meaning “easy”. Its antonym, “difficile”, is also in this list of the most common French vocabulary words.
  597. proposition [noun] (proposition)
  598. unique [adjective] (unique)
  599. durer [verb] (to last)
  600. artiste [noun] (artist)
  601. anglais [adjective] (English)
  602. rouge [adjective] (red)
  603. terme [noun] (an end, a term)
  604. pression [noun] (pressure)
  605. décéder [verb] (to pass away)
  606. justice [noun] (justice)
  607. penser [verb] (to think) This French verb comes from the Latin term “pēnsāre”. It has similar forms in other Romance languages: “pensar” in Spanish, and “pensare” in Italian.
  608. commission [noun] (commission)
  609. rêve [noun] (dream)
  610. cliquer [verb] (to click)
  611. critique [noun] (criticism)
  612. séance [noun] (session)
  613. doute [noun] (doubt)
  614. connaissance [noun] (knowledge)
  615. inscription [noun] (registration)
  616. officiel [adjective] (official)
  617. zone [noun] (zone)
  618. mère [noun] (mother) In nearly every language one would expect a word with this meaning to appear in the list of most common words. It is indeed the case with French. The origin of this word is the Latin word “mater”.
  619. payer [verb] (to pay) This French verb is similar to its English counterpart, the reason is that English borrowed it from Old French. Going back further, its origin is the Latin word “pacare”, a form of the verb “pāco” which means “to pacify”, “to subdue”.
  620. possibilité [noun] (possibility)
  621. oublier [verb] (to forget)
  622. siècle [noun] (century)
  623. accès [noun] (access)
  624. mondial [adjective] (global)
  625. prison [noun] (jail, prison)
  626. remettre [verb] (to put back)
  627. université [noun] (university)
  628. marche [noun] (march)
  629. car [conjunction] (because)
  630. structure [noun] (structure)
  631. responsabilité [noun] (responsibility)
  632. apparaître [verb] (to appear)
  633. poser [verb] (to put down)
  634. construire [verb] (to build)
  635. droite [noun] (right side)
  636. phénomène [noun] (phenomenon)
  637. animal [noun] (animal)
  638. liberté [noun] (freedom)
  639. prise [noun] (socket)
  640. journal [noun] (newspaper)
  641. objet [noun] (object)
  642. accueillir [verb] (to welcome)
  643. discussion [noun] (discussion)
  644. baisse [noun] (decrease)
  645. fixer [verb] (to fasten)
  646. bois [noun] (wood)
  647. aimer [verb] (to love)
  648. erreur [noun] (mistake)
  649. carrière [noun] (career)
  650. tomber [verb] (to fall)
  651. bientôt [adverb] (soon)
  652. attaque [noun] (attack)
  653. naturel [adjective] (natural)
  654. événement [noun] (event)
  655. apprendre [verb] (to learn)
  656. banque [noun] (bank)
  657. journaliste [noun] (a journalist)
  658. intérêt [noun] (interest)
  659. coeur [noun] (heart)
  660. peine [noun] (penalty, punishment, suffering)
  661. essayer [verb] (to try)
  662. totalement [adverb] (totally, completely)
  663. compter [verb] (to count)
  664. accepter [verb] (to accept)
  665. conséquence [noun] (consequence)
  666. soir [noun] (evening)
  667. test [noun] (test)
  668. placer [verb] (to place)
  669. cadre [noun] (frame)
  670. apprécier [verb] (to appreciate)
  671. candidat [noun] (candidate)
  672. interdire [verb] (to forbid)
  673. tableau [noun] (a painting)
  674. étranger [adjective] (foreign)
  675. contenir [verb] (to contain)
  676. moteur [noun] (engine)
  677. produire [verb] (to produce)
  678. véhicule [noun] (vehicle)
  679. voix [noun] (voice)
  680. rare [adjective] (rare)
  681. sens [noun] (meaning)
  682. différence [noun] (difference)
  683. matière [noun] (a material)
  684. peuple [noun] (people)
  685. quoi [pronoun] (what)
  686. près [adverb] (close)
  687. garde [noun] (a guardian)
  688. environnement [noun] (environment)
  689. piste [noun] (a track)
  690. Pierre [proper noun] (Peter)
  691. genre [noun] (a kind)
  692. suffire [verb] (to suffice)
  693. réel [adjective] (real)
  694. quartier [noun] (a district)
  695. élection [noun] (election)
  696. policier [noun] (policeman)
  697. thème [noun] (theme)
  698. tarif [noun] (price)
  699. évidemment [adverb] (obviously)
  700. constituer [verb] (to constitute)
  701. courant [noun] (current)
  702. essentiel [adjective] (essential)
  703. lettre [noun] (letter)
  704. suivant [adjective] (next)
  705. gauche [noun] (the left)
  706. train [noun] (train)
  707. évolution [noun] (evolution)
  708. mémoire [noun] (memory)
  709. processus [noun] (a process)
  710. disparaître [verb] (to disappear)
  711. parcours [noun] (route)
  712. néanmoins [adverb] (however)
  713. couple [noun] (couple)
  714. signe [noun] (sign)
  715. commun [adjective] (common)
  716. approche [noun] (approach)
  717. représenter [verb] (to represent)
  718. air [noun] (air)
  719. communauté [noun] (community)
  720. débuter [verb] (to start)
  721. intervenir [verb] (to intervene)
  722. signer [verb] (to sign)
  723. exposition [noun] (exhibition, show)
  724. peur [noun] (fear)
  725. procédure [noun] (procedure)
  726. Jean [proper noun] (John)
  727. utilisation [noun] (use)
  728. fournir [verb] (to provide)
  729. défense [noun] (defence)
  730. croissance [noun] (growth)
  731. demeurer [verb] (to remain)
  732. science [noun] (science)
  733. bureau [noun] (desk)
  734. matin [noun] (morning)
  735. réunion [noun] (meeting)
  736. réserver [verb] (to reserve)
  737. album [noun] (album)
  738. canadien [adjective] (Canadian)
  739. étudiant [noun] (student)
  740. surprise [noun] (surprise)
  741. vendre [verb] (to sell)
  742. manifestation [noun] (demonstration)
  743. bref [adverb] (in short)
  744. généralement [adverb] (generally)
  745. transport [noun] (transport)
  746. mener [verb] (to lead)
  747. procès [noun] (lawsuit)
  748. soutenir [verb] (to support)
  749. fils [noun] (son)
  750. heureux [adjective] (happy)
  751. démarche [noun] (an approach, a move)
  752. magnifique [adjective] (magnificent)
  753. fermer [verb] (to shut)
  754. relever [verb] (to stand up, to raise)
  755. contact [noun] (contact)
  756. sport [noun] (sport)
  757. protection [noun] (protection)
  758. feu [noun] (fire)
  759. disposition [noun] (arrangement)
  760. espérer [verb] (to hope)
  761. préparer [verb] (to prepare)
  762. parole [noun] (speech)
  763. maladie [noun] (illness)
  764. positif [adjective] (positive)
  765. style [noun] (style)
  766. note [noun] (note)
  767. argent [noun] (silver)
  768. économie [noun] (economy)
  769. spécial [adjective] (special)
  770. développer [verb] (to develop)
  771. chien [noun] (dog)
  772. référence [noun] (reference)
  773. divers [adjective] (various)
  774. préparation [noun] (preparation)
  775. franc [noun] (franc)
  776. manquer [verb] (to lack)
  777. souhaiter [verb] (to wish)
  778. six [numeral] (six)
  779. chercher [verb] (to look for)
  780. église [noun] (church)
  781. gérer [verb] (to manage)
  782. taille [noun] (a size)
  783. établir [verb] (to set up, to establish)
  784. complètement [adverb] (completely)
  785. engager [verb] (to commit)
  786. difficulté [noun] (difficulty)
  787. ouverture [noun] (opening)
  788. bleu [adjective] (blue)
  789. métier [noun] (job)
  790. enseignement [noun] (education)
  791. entrer [verb] (to enter)
  792. décider [verb] (to decide)
  793. amour [noun] (love)
  794. manière [noun] (way)
  795. passage [noun] (the act of going through a place)
  796. oeuvre [noun] (work of art)
  797. appartenir [verb] (to belong to)
  798. soleil [noun] (sun)
  799. mètre [noun] (meter)
  800. participation [noun] (participation)
  801. professeur [noun] (teacher)
  802. propos [noun] (topic, subject)
  803. footballeur [noun] (footballer)
  804. vote [noun] (vote)
  805. participer [verb] (to participate)
  806. façon [noun] (way)
  807. aider [verb] (to help)
  808. Internet [proper noun] (the Internet)
  809. explication [noun] (explanation)
  810. informatique [adjective] (computer science)
  811. blesser [verb] (to wound)
  812. protéger [verb] (to protect)
  813. composer [verb] (to consist of)
  814. performance [noun] (performance)
  815. réalisation [noun] (realization)
  816. entier [adjective] (whole)
  817. Suisse [proper noun] (Switzerland)
  818. François [proper noun] (François) This is a common French name which is related to the name Francis.
  819. édition [noun] (edition)
  820. comité [noun] (committee)
  821. rejoindre [verb] (to join)
  822. atelier [noun] (workshop)
  823. quotidien [noun] (a daily, everyday situation)
  824. sélection [noun] (selection)
  825. présence [noun] (presence)
  826. syndicat [noun] (union, trade union)
  827. tuer [verb] (to kill)
  828. stratégie [noun] (strategy)
  829. regard [noun] (glance)
  830. bienvenue [noun] (welcome)
  831. époque [noun] (epoch)
  832. ceci [pronoun] (this)
  833. caractère [noun] (character)
  834. football [noun] (soccer)
  835. dépendre [verb] (to depend)
  836. phase [noun] (phase)
  837. lumière [noun] (light)
  838. esprit [noun] (spirit)
  839. Dieu [proper noun] (God)
  840. former [verb] (to form)
  841. perspective [noun] (perspective)
  842. reprise [noun] (resumption)
  843. Michel [proper noun] (Michael)
  844. bâtiment [noun] (building)
  845. âge [noun] (age)
  846. parfait [adjective] (perfect)
  847. respecter [verb] (to respect)
  848. tendance [noun] (tendency)
  849. souffrir [verb] (to suffer)
  850. catégorie [noun] (category)
  851. médecin [noun] (doctor)
  852. hôpital [noun] (hospital)
  853. ajouter [verb] (to add)
  854. avenir [noun] (future)
  855. italien [adjective] (Italian)
  856. théâtre [noun] (theatre)
  857. Nicolas [proper noun] (Nicholas)
  858. espèce [noun] (type)
  859. majorité [noun] (majority)
  860. bourse [noun] (purse, stock market)
  861. violence [noun] (violence)
  862. cinéma [noun] (cinema)
  863. parmi [preposition] (among)
  864. culturel [adjective] (cultural)
  865. lecture [noun] (reading)
  866. diriger [verb] (to supervise, to manage, to steer)
  867. table [noun] (table)
  868. sorte [noun] (a kind)
  869. conseiller [noun] (counsellor)
  870. énorme [adjective] (huge)
  871. numéro [noun] (number)
  872. acte [noun] (act)
  873. enjeu [noun] (the stakes) This French vocabulary word translates to “the stakes”, in other words “that which is at play”.
  874. négociation [noun] (negotiation)
  875. chacun [pronoun] (each)
  876. industriel [adjective] (industrial)
  877. scénario [noun] (script)
  878. valoir [verb] (to be worth)
  879. adresse [noun] (address)
  880. installation [noun] (installation)
  881. remplacer [verb] (to replace)
  882. refuser [verb] (to refuse)
  883. suisse [adjective] (Swiss)
  884. extérieur [adjective] (exterior)
  885. exceptionnel [adjective] (exceptional)
  886. commercial [adjective] (commercial)
  887. tel [adjective] (such)
  888. stage [noun] (internship) In the context of work, this French word translates to “an internship”. A related vocabulary word is “stagiaire” which means “someone who is doing an internship”.
  889. cher [adjective] (dear)
  890. compétition [noun] (competition)
  891. département [noun] (department)
  892. révolution [noun] (revolution)
  893. paix [noun] (peace)
  894. durant [preposition] (during)
  895. souvenir [noun] (memory)
  896. classique [adjective] (classic)
  897. ouvrage [noun] (work)
  898. attente [noun] (an expectation, a wait) This French word can mean either “a wait” or “an expectation”, depending on the context. Both meanings are fairly common.
  899. accident [noun] (accident)
  900. faible [adjective] (weak)
  901. taux [noun] (rate)
  902. surface [noun] (surface)
  903. logique [adjective] (logical)
  904. avance [noun] (advance)
  905. machine [noun] (machine)
  906. défi [noun] (challenge)
  907. lier [verb] (to link)
  908. technologie [noun] (technology)
  909. champ [noun] (field)
  910. mer [noun] (sea)
  911. battre [verb] (to beat)
  912. proche [adjective] (close)
  913. partenaire [noun] (partner)
  914. fichier [noun] (file)
  915. réduire [verb] (to reduce)
  916. entretien [noun] (interview) This French word has two possible meanings depending on the context. It can mean “an interview”, for example in the expression “entretien d'embauche” which means “job interview”. The second meaning of this word is: “maintenance”, “upkeep”.
  917. capitale [noun] (capital city)
  918. accueil [noun] (welcome, greeting)
  919. complexe [adjective] (complex)
  920. matériel [noun] (equipment)
  921. vacances [noun] (holidays, vacation) This French noun is used in its plural form. This is a frequently used French vocabulary word. This reflects the importance of holidays in French society
  922. partout [adverb] (everywhere)
  923. majeur [adjective] (major)
  924. physique [adjective] (physical)
  925. définir [verb] (to define)
  926. Allemagne [proper noun] (Germany)
  927. indispensable [adjective] (indispensable)
  928. derrière [preposition] (behind)
  929. frais [noun] (cost)
  930. extrêmement [adverb] (extremely)
  931. garder [verb] (to keep)
  932. tourner [verb] (to turn)
  933. secret [noun] (secret)
  934. grave [adjective] (serious)
  935. vieux [adjective] (old)
  936. installer [verb] (to install)
  937. château [noun] (castle)
  938. efficace [adjective] (effective)
  939. régulièrement [adverb] (regularly)
  940. degré [noun] (degree)
  941. ressource [noun] (resource)
  942. riche [adjective] (rich)
  943. discours [noun] (speech)
  944. commerce [noun] (trade)
  945. sûr [adjective] (sure)
  946. occasion [noun] (opportunity)
  947. sérieux [adjective] (serious)
  948. finale [noun] (a final)
  949. instant [noun] (moment)
  950. chanson [noun] (song)
  951. régional [adjective] (regional)
  952. montant [noun] (a amount)
  953. party [noun] (party)
  954. preuve [noun] (evidence)
  955. contenu [noun] (content)
  956. militaire [adjective] (military)
  957. visage [noun] (face)
  958. annonce [noun] (announcement, advertisement)
  959. lutte [noun] (struggle)
  960. bord [noun] (edge)
  961. soutien [noun] (support)
  962. scolaire [adjective] (scholastic, academic)
  963. maître [noun] (master)
  964. final [adjective] (final)
  965. intervention [noun] (intervention)
  966. juge [noun] (judge)
  967. avantage [noun] (advantage)
  968. priver [verb] (to deprive)
  969. immédiatement [adverb] (immediately)
  970. électronique [adjective] (electronic)
  971. conférence [noun] (conference)
  972. somme [noun] (sum)
  973. scientifique [adjective] (scientific)
  974. entièrement [adverb] (entirely)
  975. dépasser [verb] (to exceed)
  976. parfaitement [adverb] (perfectly)
  977. silence [noun] (silence)
  978. vérité [noun] (truth)
  979. musée [noun] (museum)
  980. hôtel [noun] (hotel)
  981. arme [noun] (a weapon)
  982. réforme [noun] (reform)
  983. employer [verb] (to use)
  984. concours [noun] (competition)
  985. propriété [noun] (property)
  986. quitter [verb] (to leave)
  987. vent [noun] (wind)
  988. original [adjective] (original)
  989. idéal [adjective] (ideal)
  990. moyenne [noun] (mean)
  991. adapter [verb] (to adapt)
  992. évoluer [verb] (to evolve)
  993. autant [adverb] (so much)
  994. frère [noun] (brother)
  995. rencontrer [verb] (to meet)
  996. contraire [noun] (opposite)
  997. britannique [adjective] (British)
  998. maintenir [verb] (to maintain)
  999. regarder [verb] (to look at)
  1000. exercice [noun] (exercise)
  1001. malheureusement [adverb] (unfortunately)
  1002. modifier [verb] (to change)
  1003. subir [verb] (to suffer)
  1004. étudier [verb] (to study)
  1005. feuille [noun] (leaf)
  1006. augmenter [verb] (to increase)
  1007. avancer [verb] (to advance)
  1008. territoire [noun] (territory)
  1009. élever [verb] (to raise)
  1010. établissement [noun] (establishment)
  1011. option [noun] (option)
  1012. fruit [noun] (fruit)
  1013. échange [noun] (exchange)
  1014. revanche [noun] (revenge)
  1015. concept [noun] (concept)
  1016. vin [noun] (wine) France being one of the largest wine-producing countries in the word, it comes as no surprise that this word appears in the list of the 1000 most common French words.
  1017. roi [noun] (king)
  1018. capacité [noun] (ability, capability, skill)
  1019. priorité [noun] (priority)
  1020. montrer [verb] (to show)
  1021. découverte [noun] (discovery)
  1022. précédent [adjective] (previous)
  1023. supérieur [adjective] (superior)
  1024. stade [noun] (stadium)
  1025. obligatoire [adjective] (obligatory)
  1026. responsable [adjective] (responsible)
  1027. oui [adverb] (yes)
  1028. monter [verb] (to climb, to go up)
  1029. régime [noun] (regime)
  1030. médical [adjective] (medical)
  1031. perte [noun] (loss)
  1032. collectif [adjective] (collective)
  1033. central [adjective] (central)
  1034. disque [noun] (disc)
  1035. sportif [adjective] (athletic)
  1036. réflexion [noun] (reflection)
  1037. vitesse [noun] (speed)
  1038. limité [adjective] (limited)
  1039. largement [adverb] (mainly)
  1040. téléphone [noun] (telephone)
  1041. épreuve [noun] (test)
  1042. énergie [noun] (energy)
  1043. Québec [proper noun] (Quebec)
  1044. tard [adverb] (late)
  1045. initiative [noun] (initiative)
  1046. lourd [adjective] (heavy)
  1047. uniquement [adverb] (uniquely)
  1048. ambiance [noun] (ambiance)
  1049. parc [noun] (park)
  1050. arrêt [noun] (a stop)
  1051. danger [noun] (danger)
  1052. réussite [noun] (success)
  1053. net [adjective] (clean)
  1054. jardin [noun] (garden)
  1055. contacter [verb] (to contact)
  1056. faute [noun] (mistake)
  1057. fonds [noun] (fund)
  1058. ciel [noun] (sky)
  1059. éviter [verb] (to avoid)
  1060. compagnie [noun] (company)
  1061. unité [noun] (unity)
  1062. faux [adjective] (false)
  1063. joli [adjective] (pretty)
  1064. transfert [noun] (transfer)
  1065. vert [adjective] (green)
  1066. dessus [noun] (the top of something)
  1067. producteur [noun] (producer)
  1068. agréable [adjective] (pleasant)
  1069. arrivée [noun] (arrival)
  1070. civil [adjective] (civil)