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Abattoir to zigzag: English words of French origin

To commemorate the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 we are looking at English words of French origin. Hover over the image below to discover a selection of English words derived from French, from abattoir to zigzag. Click on the words to go straight to the dictionary entries.


entrepreneur abattoir Bastille baguette tricolour Arc de Triomphe bricolage debris palilalia zigzag sabotage puerile provenance intrigue frisson

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