false friend

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false friend

n.
A word or phrase in one language that is similar in appearance to a word or phrase in another language but has a different meaning, as French actuel, "current," and English actual, "real."

[Translation of French faux ami : faux, false + ami, friend.]

false friend

n
(Linguistics) 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
Translations
faux-ami
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French words that look like English words but with different meanings in the two languages are called faux amis ("false friends").
Et parmi les fE[umlaut]culents, il n'y a pas vraiment de faux amis, sauf les pEotes au beurre, les pommes sautE[umlaut]es ou, bien sE[c]r, les frites.
When Faux Amis are Truly False Friends: "Pas de preservatifs dans mon pain.
This one seems to tip toward the first; numerous faux amis are allowed to stand.