false friend(redirected from Faux amis)
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.]
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(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
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