false friend

noun /ˌfɒls ˈfrɛnd,ˌfɔːls ˈfrɛnd,ˌfɑːls ˈfrɛnd/
A word in a foreign language bearing a deceptive resemblance to a word in ones own language.

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  • False friend — False friends (or faux amis ) are pairs of words in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look and/or sound similar, but differ in meaning.False cognates, by contrast, are similar words in different languages that appear to …   Wikipedia

  • false friend — n 1.) a word in a foreign language that is similar to one in your own, so that you wrongly think they both mean the same thing 2.) someone who seems to be your friend but is not …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • false friend — noun A term in a foreign language that does not mean what it appears to, eg in Italian, pretendere does not mean ‘to pretend’ • • • Main Entry: ↑false …   Useful english dictionary

  • false friend — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms false friend : singular false friend plural false friends linguistics a word in a language that looks or sounds similar to a word in another language but means something different. For example actual in English …   English dictionary

  • False friend — Falsche Freunde gehören zu den Übersetzungsschwierigkeiten und Interferenzfehlern. Im Englischen werden sie als „false friends bezeichnet, im Französischen sind sie unter dem Namen „faux amis“ bekannt. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Etymologie 2 Bekannte… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • false friend — two words in different languages that appear to be the same but have very different meanings; an unfaithful friend …   English contemporary dictionary

  • false friend — noun a word or expression having a similar form to one in a person s native language, but a different meaning (e.g. English magazine and French magasin ‘shop’) …   English new terms dictionary

  • partial false friend — noun ˈpɑː(ɹ).ʃəl fɔls fɹɛnd A word in a foreign language bearing a deceptive resemblance to a word in ones own language, and at least one meaning in common, but not all …   Wiktionary

  • False — False, a. [Compar. {Falser}; superl. {Falsest}.] [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See {Fail}, {Fall}.] 1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • False arch — False False, a. [Compar. {Falser}; superl. {Falsest}.] [L. falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F. faux, and AS. fals fraud. See {Fail}, {Fall}.] 1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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