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Know Your Words: Origins 2

In this worksheet, students investigate words that are French in origin but are now commonly used in the English language.

'Know Your Words: Origins 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The English language has borrowed a huge number of words from French over the last thousand years or so.

 

A lot of these words have similar endings, which helps us work out that they are French.

for example:

ballet

chauffeur

cuisine

baguette

 

Some of the words are pronounced in the same way as they would be in France, but others take on a more English pronunciation. We pronounce the word ticket with the 't' on the end, but we say the word ballet like 'ballay'.

All the following words ending in -et have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

 

(You may need to use a dictionary to help.)

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buffet
a type of entertainment that includes singing and ...
crochet
a wooden hut in the mountains
chalet
a meal in which guests serve themselves
cabaret
a handicraft carried out with a hooked needle

All the following words ending in -ette have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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couchette
a train carriage with seats that convert to beds
baguette
a dark shape that can be seen against a light back...
silhouette
a long and narrow loaf of bread
marionette
a puppet worked from above with strings

All the following words ending in -eur have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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entrepreneur
a person employed to drive a car
amateur
a person who carries out an activity without being...
chauffeur
a person with expert knowledge in a particular are...
connoisseur
a person who runs a business

All the following words ending in -ine have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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cuisine
a small percussion instrument that is played by be...
margarine
a style of cooking characteristic of a particular ...
tangerine
a spread used as a substitute for butter
tambourine
a small type of orange

All the following words ending in -age have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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garage
the rescue of a wrecked ship
beverage
rubbish
garbage
a drink
salvage
a place where cars are kept

All the following words ending in -gue have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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meringue
a brochure containing a list of products being sol...
monologue
a dessert made with egg whites and sugar
catalogue
a speech made by one actor in a film or play
prologue
an introduction to a book or play

All the following words ending in -oir have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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abattoir
a building where animals are killed to be made int...
memoir
a lake used to supply water
reservoir
a woman's bedroom or private room
boudoir
an account of someone's personal experiences

All the following words ending in -ant have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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contestant
looking relaxed and unconcerned
nonchalant
a person who takes part in a competition
confidant
a crescent-shaped bread product
croissant
a person who is trusted with someone else's secret...

All the following words ending in -eau have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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chateau
a chest of drawers
gateau
an area of level high ground
bureau
a rich type of cake
plateau
a castle

All the following words ending in -ique have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

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unique
the form of a person's body
physique
the only one of its kind
antique
a small shop selling clothes or accessories
boutique
a collectible object that is very old
  • Question 1

All the following words ending in -et have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

 

(You may need to use a dictionary to help.)

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

buffet
a meal in which guests serve them...
crochet
a handicraft carried out with a h...
chalet
a wooden hut in the mountains
cabaret
a type of entertainment that incl...
  • Question 2

All the following words ending in -ette have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

couchette
a train carriage with seats that ...
baguette
a long and narrow loaf of bread
silhouette
a dark shape that can be seen aga...
marionette
a puppet worked from above with s...
  • Question 3

All the following words ending in -eur have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

entrepreneur
a person who runs a business
amateur
a person who carries out an activ...
chauffeur
a person employed to drive a car
connoisseur
a person with expert knowledge in...
  • Question 4

All the following words ending in -ine have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

cuisine
a style of cooking characteristic...
margarine
a spread used as a substitute for...
tangerine
a small type of orange
tambourine
a small percussion instrument tha...
  • Question 5

All the following words ending in -age have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

garage
a place where cars are kept
beverage
a drink
garbage
rubbish
salvage
the rescue of a wrecked ship
  • Question 6

All the following words ending in -gue have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

meringue
a dessert made with egg whites an...
monologue
a speech made by one actor in a f...
catalogue
a brochure containing a list of p...
prologue
an introduction to a book or play
  • Question 7

All the following words ending in -oir have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

abattoir
a building where animals are kill...
memoir
an account of someone's personal ...
reservoir
a lake used to supply water
boudoir
a woman's bedroom or private room
  • Question 8

All the following words ending in -ant have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

contestant
a person who takes part in a comp...
nonchalant
looking relaxed and unconcerned
confidant
a person who is trusted with some...
croissant
a crescent-shaped bread product
  • Question 9

All the following words ending in -eau have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

chateau
a castle
gateau
a rich type of cake
bureau
a chest of drawers
plateau
an area of level high ground
  • Question 10

All the following words ending in -ique have been borrowed from French. Match them up with their definitions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

unique
the only one of its kind
physique
the form of a person's body
antique
a collectible object that is very...
boutique
a small shop selling clothes or a...
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