Word of the Week: ‘pique-nique’ 

Whooops – sorry for the delay this week in publishing the Word of the Week! Can I use the heat as an excuse?! 😳

Word of the Week:

This week, we’ve got ‘pique-nique’ as our mot de la semaine (one of my favourite activities to do in summer, or whenever the weather’s nice enough!) 

How to pronounce it:


What it means in English:

A picnic. 

Where does it come from?

Wiktionary suggests that ‘pique-nique’ is made up of two words: ‘piquer’, or ‘picorer’ and ‘nique’. 

‘Picorer’ can be translated into English as ‘to nibble’, whilst ‘nique’ was used to describe something that was small and unimportant. 

How to use it in a sentence:

“Il fait très beau – et si on allait faire un pique-nique cet après-midi ?”

English translation:

“The weather’s lovely – shall we have a picnic this afternoon?”

Similar words:

Faire un pique-nique = To have a picnic. 

Un panier pique-nique = Picnic basket/picnic hamper. 

Déjeuner = To have lunch. 

Prendre un goûter = To have a snack. 

Se détendre = To relax. 

Décompresser = To unwind/relax. 

Se relaxer = To relax (informal). 

Hope you enjoyed reading this week’s post! 

How about you? What are your favourite French expressions? Drop me a line on here to let me know 🙂 


One Comment Add yours

  1. Rosie says:

    I love a good picnic, even if in the UK you can’t be too picky about the weather when planning one! I’m already missing my pique-niques in the park in Lyon…


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