abeyance
Something put on hold or suspended for a time
adagio
Music played at slow speed/tempo
a joyous rout
A noisy rabble
albescent
To become white
a mairie
A townhall/council
America del Sur, El Mundo, El Sistema Solar, El Universo.
South America, The World, The Solar System, The Universe.
apéritifs and digestifs
Alcholic drinks served before and after meals
Armagnacs
Dry brandys
autodidact
Self-educated person
avuncularly
To be caring or helpful to someone younger
bacchanalian night
A night of unrestrained drinking and partying with occasional sexual activity
bal nègre
A negro dance
bate
Bad temper/rage
bibulous
Addicted to alcohol
bidet
A small basin used to wash the genital area, similar to a toilet
bistro du coin
Corner cafe/bistro
blanc sec
Dry white
blanquette de veau
French veal ragout
blitzkrieg
'Lightning war' - a concentrated mass of armoured infantry who move with speed to break enemy lines
bouquinistes
Booksellers
caniculaire
Scorching
chartreuse
A green or yellow liqueur made from herbs
cinq heures vingt
Twenty past five
coevals
Peers
Comme vous voulez, Monsieu Mountstuart
As you want, Mr Mountstuart
completely soused
Drunk
crépi
Roughcast
déraciné
Uprooted
dipsomaniac
Someone who craves alcohol
eau-de-vie
A clear, colourless fruit brandy
école de surf
Surf school
egalitarian
Someone who believes in equality for all
Elle est un peu féroce, non?
She's a bit fierce isn't she?
éminence grise
A 'grey eminence' - someone who wields influence and makes decisions behind the scenes
En el fondo no soy anarquista
In the end I'm no anarchist
equerry
A member of the Royal family's personal attendant
étang
Pond
façon de vivre
A way of life
farinaceous
Starchy
fauteuil roulant
Wheelchair
faux-naïf
Someone who pretends to be naïve
fêtes champêtres
Paintings of outdoor rural festivals/feasts
flâneur
A stroller - someone who walks around a place to truly experience it
follement anglophile
Madly anglophilic
froideur
Coolness
ganz ordinar
Very vulgar
gardiens
Attendants
gesso
Plaster used for painting or in sculpture
grande plage
Large beach
his female doxy
A mistress or lover
hooker
In rugby, the central forward in a scrum, responsible for 'hooking' the ball
idée fixe
A firmly fixed idea...very difficult to change
inchoate
Somthing just started, not yet finished
Je chante l'Europe, ses chemins de fer et ses théâtres, Et ses constellations de cités...
I sing in Europe, its railways and theaters, And constellations of cities
Je suis écrivain
I'm a writer
Je suis Monsieur Mountstuart
I am Mr Mountstuart
jeu d'esprit
A witty comment or written extract
Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté, Luxe, calme et volupté.
There all is order and beauty, Luxury, calm and voluptuousness.
lassitude disease
Physically tiring
le doux train-train de notre vie et paisible et monotone
The gentle train-train of our life and peaceful and monotonous
leitmotif
Theme
Les Cosmopolites sont
The Cosmopolites are
Les jeunes
The young
le style anglais
The English style
maison de la presse
A shop which sells newspapers, magazine, cigarettes etc
maison de maître
Family seat
maison de tolérance
Legal brothels
maladroit
Clumsy
maquisards
Members of the Resistance
métier
Vocation
Mieux de se taire
Better to be quiet
momento mori
Remember your mortality
monograph
A book, paper or work which concentrates on a single subject or or particular aspect of it
mon truc
My thing
moribund
Near death
neurasthenic
A psychological disorder causing memory loss, weakness and chronic fatigue. Term no longer in scientific usage.
noctambule
A night bird/nightowl
nous ont quittés
We're quits
odalisque
A female slave in a harem
oeuvre
The task
omertà
Code of honour
on fait l'amour
We made love
ornery
Mean-spirited/disagreeable
parlance
A particular way of speaking
patina-ed
The sheen/coating on the surface of an old object
plage surveillée
Beach boundaries
pre-prandial
Before a meal
putto's mouth
A small boy/cherub popular in Baroque artwork
quartier des pêcheurs
Fisherman area
quartiers
Quarters
Que je m’ennuie, Dans ce cabaret du Néant, Qu’est notre vie.
I'm bored, In this cabaret None, That is our life.
quel parcours
What a journey
quiddity
The essence of something
refulgent
Brightly shining
rhomboid
A parrallelogram with sides of unequal length
Rilke
German poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)
sandwich au camembert
Camembert (cheese) sandwich
saucisson
sausage
seigneurial
Lordly or stately
simian crew
Representative of a monkey/ape
soi distant
Self-styled/so-called
soignée
Polished/well groomed
some new nacreous paint
Made up of or similar to mother-of-pearl
station balnéaire
Seaside resort
steak frites
Steak and fries
Sturm und Drang
'Sorm and Urge'/'Storm and Stress' - a German literary/musical movement which saw free emotional expression in response to the enlightenment
Sud-Ouest
South-West
tarte au citron
Lemon tart
tarte du jour
Tart of the day
temerity
Boldness
teniente
Lieutenant
tertulia
A social gathering of literary/artistic types
the Peter and Tess imbroglio
Entanglement
the purlieus of school
The surrounding area/outskirts
Très détendu
Very relaxed
tripes
Stomach lining (of a pig or cow)
typiquement anglaise - au contraire
Typically English - on the contrary
un petit supplément
A little extra
Un peu vieux jeu
A little old-fashioned
Viens dans mon lit Viens sur mon coeur Je vais te conter une histoire
Come into my bed, Come to my heart, I'll tell you a story
vieux port
Old port/harbour
vivo en la Villa Flores, Avenida de Brasil
I live in the Flores Villa, avenue of Brazil
Vous êtes le propriétaire de Cinq Cyprès?
You are the owner of Five Cypresses?
wagons-lits
Railway passenger car/sleeper
Yo, Logan
I, Logan