Word of the Week – ‘pamplemousse’

I’ve chosen to write about one of my favourite French words this week.

Word of the Week:


How to pronounce it:


What it means in English:


Where does it come from?

The word comes from ‘pompelmoes‘, the Dutch word for ‘grapefruit’.

‘Pompelmoes’ in fact comes from the words ‘pompel’ and ‘limoes’: ‘pompel’ can be translated from Dutch as ‘fat’ or ‘swollen’, and ‘limoes’ is the Dutch word for lemon.

How to use it in a sentence:

Pour mon petit-déjeuner aujourd’hui, je vais manger du pamplemousse.’

English translation:

‘For my breakfast today, I’m going to eat some grapefruit.’

Similar words:

Un avocat = avocado (interestingly, ‘avocat’ is also the French word for lawyer!)

Un pastèque = watermelon

Une carambole = starfruit

Une mangue = mango.


After reading this post, you might also enjoy my previous Word of the Week posts here, here and here, or my posts on French language here

What do you think about this week’s Word of the Week? What are your favourite French words? 

Let me know on here in the comments 🙂 

Bon lundi! 🙂 


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