Languages › French Learn the French Word Un Pote Share Flipboard Email Print French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated March 10, 2019 The informal French noun un pote, pronounced "puht", means buddy, chum, or mate. Generally, it means "friend", but a close friend that you spend a lot of time with. Explore more about this word below. Examples Je sors avec mes potes ce soir.I'm going out with my mates tonight. Salut mon pote!Hi, buddy!