false friend

noun

a word or expression in one language that, because it resembles one in another language, is often wrongly taken to have the same meaning, for example, the French agenda which means diary, not agenda

Nearby words

  1. false diamond,
  2. false diverticulum,
  3. false dragonhead,
  4. false face,
  5. false flag,
  6. false front,
  7. false fruit,
  8. false hellebore,
  9. false hematuria,
  10. false hermaphroditism

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