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See also: Etats-Unis and Ètats-Unis


Alternative forms[edit]


états (states) +‎ unis (united), calque of English United States


  • (France) IPA(key): /e.ta.z‿y.ni/
  • (file)
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /e.tɑ.zy.ni/, /e.tɔ.zy.ni/

Proper noun[edit]

(les) États-Unis m pl (plural only)

  1. United States (a country in North America)
    Les États-Unis sont un grand pays.
    The United States is a big country.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Unlike the English equivalent, États-Unis is always used as a plural noun.
  • In older French practice, capital letters did not take diacritics, so É becomes E. This was mostly done because of technical constraints. Formal orthotypography maintains the diacritics.

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