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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French frais, from Old French fres, fris ‎(fresh, new, young, recent), from Frankish *fresk, *frisk ‎(fresh), from Proto-Germanic *friskaz ‎(fresh), from Proto-Indo-European *preisk- ‎(fresh). Cognate with Old High German frisc ‎(fresh, young, new), Old English fersc ‎(fresh, pure, sweet). More at fresh.


frais m ‎(feminine singular fraîche or fraiche, masculine plural frais, feminine plural fraîches or fraiches)

  1. fresh
    Il est frais mon poisson !
    My fish is fresh!
  2. cool (temperature)
    Une brise fraîche souffla soudain sur mon visage ; je frémis doucement.
    Suddenly a cool breeze blew across my face; I shivered a little.
  3. recent, something that has just happened
    J’aime écouter les nouvelles fraîches du matin.
    I like listening to the recent news in the morning.
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  • The traditional feminine form is fraîche, whereas the 1990 spelling reform brought in fraiche
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Etymology 2[edit]

Oblique plural of Old French fret, frait, from Latin fractum.


frais m pl ‎(plural only)

  1. cost, charge
Usage notes[edit]

This meaning is a plurale tantum in Standard French, though the singular le frais is occasionally encountered, especially in Canadian French.

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Middle French[edit]


frais m ‎(feminine singular fraische, masculine plural frais, feminine plural fraisches)

  1. fresh



From Old French fresc, fresk ‎(fresh, new, young, recent), from Proto-Germanic *friskaz ‎(fresh), from Proto-Indo-European *preisk- ‎(fresh).


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frais m

  1. (Jersey) fresh

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