Word of the Week: ‘formidable’ 

Bonsoir mes choux ! 🙂 

Welcome to our latest Word of the Week, ‘formidable’. 

Word of the Week:

Formidable. 

How to pronounce it:

For-mee-dah-bluh. 

What it means in English:

It can be translated into English as  ‘amazing’, ‘great’ or ‘brilliant’. 

Where does it come from?

Wiktionary explains that ‘formidable’ was first used in French around 1392. 

It’s also related to the Latin word ‘formidabilis’, which can be translated as ‘great’ or ‘terrible’. ‘Formidabilis’ is, in turn, linked to the Latin word ‘formido’, which can be translated into English as ‘fear’, ‘terror’ or ‘fright’. 

More recently, the word became well-known outside of France when Belgian singer Stromae released the song Formidable in 2013 on his (fab) second album.  

How to use it in a sentence:

“Usain Bolt est un athlète formidable.”

English translation:

“Usain Bolt is an amazing athlete.”

Similar words:

Chouette = Great. 

Super = Super. 

Génial = Great/super/amazing.

Photo credit: YouTube.

À la semaine prochaine! (In the meantime, if you’d like to read past Words of the Week, have a look at this link here). 

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