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Clothing vocabulary in French: winter

clothing vocabulary in french

Brr! It’s cold outside and our petits choux are discovering the various articles of clothing they need to keep warm during the winter. I introduced many of these items in the Clothing vocabulary in French – autumn/fall blog post, but since repetition is key for our little ones, using the French terms as they get ready each morning will help them remember and repeat the new words they are learning.

Related: Clothing vocabulary in French: spring

Related: French summer vocabulary: clothing and seasonal items

Les vêtements d’hiver – winter clothing

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clothing in french - hat bonnet

Hat – un chapeau

un chapeau

The most common winter hat is the beanie or un bonnet, which keeps their head nice and toasty.

un bonnet

In Canada, the term “tuque” is commonly used.

une tuque

Coat – un manteau

un manteau

Pants – un pantalon

un pantalon

mittens – des moufles (feminine)

des moufles

What’s the difference between moufles, mitaines, and gants?

Gants (masculine) refer to gloves, so each finger is covered separately.

des gants

In France, moufles refer to mittens, so while the thumb is separated, the rest of the fingers are together. Mitaines (feminine) refer to gloves that leave the top parts of the fingers bare.

des mitaines

In Quebec, the term mitaines is used to mean mittens.

sweater – un pull

un pull

What’s the difference between pull and chandail?

They both mean sweater. Chandail is more commonly used in Canada.

un chandail

Pull (from the English word “pullover”) is more frequently used in other francophone areas.

You may also hear the word tricot, which refers to knitted sweaters.

un tricot
clothing vocabulary in french

socks – des chaussettes

des chaussettes

Note that in Québec, the word bas refers to socks, but it means stockings in other francophone countries.

des bas
clothing vocabulary in french

earmuffs – un cache-oreilles

clothing vocabulary in french

scarf – une écharpe

une écharpe

Boots – des bottes

des bottes

Verbs for getting dressed/undressed in French

Here are some verbs that will come in handy when your kids are getting dressed/undressed:

To get dressed – s’habiller

To get undressed – se déshabiller

To put on – mettre

To wear – porter

To take off – enlever, retirer


Clothing vocabulary in French: video

Here’s a fun video that you can watch with your kids to practice their listening skills:

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