false friend

false friend
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawls frend]
    • /fɔls frɛnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawls frend]
    • /fɔls frɛnd/

Definitions of false friend words

  • noun false friend a word or expression in one language that, because it resembles one in another language, is often wrongly taken to have the same meaning, for example, the French agenda which means diary, not agenda 0
  • noun false friend (Idiomatic) (linguistics) A word in a language that bears a deceptive resemblance to a word in another language but in fact has a different meaning. The words in question may well be etymologically related, but in such cases semantic shifts have made them drift apart. 0

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false friend popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 7% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

false friend usage trend in Literature

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