Learn the French Word Garçon

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Garçon, pronounced "gar-so(n)", means boy, or young man. It should be noted that French waiters were once known as garçons, and it's not uncommon in old movies to hear customers shouting Garçon ! when they need more bread or whatever. This is no longer the case: garçon is considered disrespectful, kind of like calling an adult "sonny." Nowadays, the polite way to get a French waiter's attention is either by saying Monsieur!

 (or Madame, if it's a woman) or by catching his (her) eye and nodding.

Examples

  • Je n'aime pas le garçon qui habite à côté.
    I don't like the boy who lives next door.
  • C'est un gentil garçon.
    He's a nice young man.

Related Words

  • un jeune garçon - teenage boy
  • un garçon d'honneur - best man, ring bearer
  • un garçon manqué - tomboy

Expressions

  • être garçon - to be a bachelor
  • rester garçon - to remain a bachelor
  • enterrer sa vie de garçon - to have a stag/bachelor party