faux ami

See also: faux-ami

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

faux ami (plural faux amis)

  1. (linguistics, translation studies, lexicography) A false friend; one of a pair of words in different languages or dialects that look similar and may be related but that differ significantly in meaning.

Usage notesEdit

  • The terms faux ami and false cognate are sometimes used interchangeably, but linguists distinguish the two.

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