faux ami

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Borrowed from French faux-ami, from faux (false) + ami (friend).


faux ami (plural faux amis)

  1. A false friend; one of a pair of words in different languages or dialects that look related but that differ significantly in meaning.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The terms faux ami and false cognate are often used interchangeably, but scientists distinguish the two: in scientific use, all false cognates are faux amis, but not all faux amis are false cognates.