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Names of Clothing Items in French for English Readers

I live in India, and I speak Hindi, Punjabi and English very well. I like to learn other languages too.

Clothing is a true reflection of an individual's personality, and we use different kinds of clothes in different seasons. Here we will discuss the names of some basic clothing items in the French language. There are some clothes that have an English name but have no word in French; such terms have been excluded.

Clothing names in French and English

Clothing Name in EnglishClothing Name in French

Shirt

Chemise

Trouser

Pantalon

Socks

Chaussettes

Pullover

Arrêtez-vous

Gloves

Gants

Half Pant

Half Pant

Handkerchief

Mouchoir

Scarf

Écharpe

Towel

Serviette

Vest

Gilet

Uniform

Uniforme

Skirt

Jupe

Coat

Manteau

Pant

Haleter

Shirt

The French name for shirt is chemise.

Trousers

A pair of trousers is called pantalon in French.

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Socks

The French name for socks is chaussettes.

Pullover

The name for pullover in French is arretez-vous.

Gloves

The French name for gloves is gants.

Shorts

Shorts, or half pants, are called demi pantalon in French.

Handkerchief

The name for handkerchief in French is mouchoir.

Scarf

The French name for scarf is echarpe.

Towel

The towel is called serviette in French.

Vest

The name for vest in French is gilet.

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Uniform

The French name for the uniform is uniforme.

Skirt

The French name for the skirt is jupe.

Coat

The name for the coat in French is manteau.

Pant

A pant is called haleter in French.

It's the quiz time now!

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What would you call a shirt in French language?
    • Chemise
    • Pantatlon
  2. What is the French name for the socks?
    • Chaussettes
    • Aretez-vous
  3. What is the scarf called in French language?
    • Gants
    • Echarpe
  4. The skirt is called jupe in French.
    • True
    • False
  5. The French name for the vest is gilet.
    • True
    • False
  6. The French name for the handkerchief is................(fill in the blanks)
    • Serviette
    • Mouchoir

Answer Key

  1. Chemise
  2. Chaussettes
  3. Echarpe
  4. True
  5. True
  6. Mouchoir

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Comments

Ann Carr from SW England on July 31, 2020:

Good. Thank you for taking my suggestions well - I worry that some might be annoyed! Content quality is important on HP isn't it? You're welcome.

I should explain that I'm a retired English and French teacher, as well as teaching literacy to dyslexics, so I'm qualified.

Ann

Sourav Rana (author) on July 30, 2020:

I don't mind dear. The ammendment suggestion is encouraging for a hubber. It helps to make the content quality better. Thanks for such a nice suggestions.

Ann Carr from SW England on July 30, 2020:

I must admit I've never heard shorts referred to as 'half pants'. It's not used in British English, so I assume it's American. Interesting term!

I've also never heard the French use 'arrêtez-vous' for pullover. They tend to use 'le pullover' with their own variation of pronunciation, or even 'le pull'. I love the use of English/French terms which get changed a little in translation - it's fun!

Also the quiz is coming up with 'filet' instead of 'gilet' - is this is a typo? The rest I know I got right, so there is a problem somewhere! Hope you don't mind me mentioning it.

Good information for those who want to learn the basics.

Ann

SHREENIDHI from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India on July 30, 2020:

Hi..thanku for writing this article. Its a good piece of information