l'habit ne fait pas le moine

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, the clothing doesn't make the monk.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /l‿a.bi n(ə) fɛ pa lə mwan/, /l‿a.bi n(ə) fɛ pɑ lə mwan/

Proverb[edit]

l'habit ne fait pas le moine

  1. you can't judge a book by its cover (it is not possible nor advisable to judge things by external appearances alone)
    Synonym: les apparences sont trompeuses