[ fawls-frend ]
/ ˈfɔls ˈfrɛnd /
a word in one language that is similar in form or sound to a word in another language but has a different meaning and may or may not be etymologically related: for example, English gift “present” and German Gift “poison” are false friends.
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Origin of false friend
First recorded in 1930–35; patterned after French faux ami in same sense
words often confused with false friend
See false cognate.
Words nearby false friend
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British Dictionary definitions for false friend
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
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