entre chien et loup

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Because at that time in the day, one can't see the difference between a dog and a wolf.

Traditional sentiment, dating to antiquity (found in 2nd century CE texts), found in French in the 18th century.[1]


  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.tʁə ʃjɛ̃ e lu/


entre chien et loup

  1. (literally) between a dog and a wolf.
  2. (by extension, idiomatic) At dusk, at twilight; gloaming.
  3. (photography) golden hour (used in same technical sense for “good photographic light at twilight”)

Usage notes[edit]

If used in poetic sense, witching hour, which describes a different time of day, when it is darker, but is similarly idiomatic, may provide a more evocative translation.[2]



  1. ^ Entre chien et loup, L’Internaute
  2. ^ Entre chien et loup, Naked Translations, February 6, 2004