Amitié: Expressing Best Wishes in French

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If you want to express your best wishes to a friend verbally or in writing, you should know the French word amitié.

Definition and Example

amitié (fem noun): friendship, liking, kindness

Pronunciation: [a mee tyay]

L'amitié est une des choses les plus importantes du monde, surtout aujourd'hui
Friendship is one of the most important things in the world, especially today.

Usage In Writing

amitiés (at the end of a letter): best wishes, all the best, kind regards, in friendship

Have you ever received a letter from a French friend signed "friendships"? This is a fairly common mistake by native French speakers. A more accurate translation of amitiés might be "your friend," but since that has a definite grade school sort of feeling, it's better to choose one of the translations above.

Expressions

  • amitié particulière
    homosexual relationship
  • prendre quelqu'un en amitié
    to take a liking to someone
  • Faites-moi l'amitié de + infinitive...
    Do me the kindness/favor of + gerund...