My 39 Noteworthy French Words That Start With N

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Born in Cameroon and adopted at 1 year in France. I spent all my childhood in Alsace before studying in Paris. I like to defend my beautiful country with its strengths and weaknesses. Find me on Linkedin and CV.

Post updated October 3rd, 2023 :
– Add a printable pdf file of the word list.
– Addition of 10 new words beginning with N.
– New table format for the list.
– Definitions added.

Today, we are navigating through the French language to discover words that start with ‘N’.

The French language has a rich array of ‘N’ words that are not only beautiful but also quite useful.

Let’s get started !

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French Words That start With N

Here is my curated list of 39 French words beginning with N, with their :

  • English translation
  • Family : french noun, french adjective, french preposition, french verb…
  • Gender : feminine or masculine
  • Meaning
  • Number of letters (for fans of crosswords or Scrabble)

French Vocabulary Starting with ‘N’

French WordEnglish TranslationFamily & GenderMeaning
Nagerto swimVerbThe action of moving through water by bodily movement.
NaïfnaiveAdjectiveLacking experience or sophistication; innocent.
NaturenatureNoun (Feminine)The inherent or essential qualities of something.
NeigesnowNoun (Feminine)Frozen precipitation in the form of white flakes.
Nénupharwater lilyNoun (Masculine)An aquatic plant with large, flat leaves and showy flowers.
NéonneonNoun (Masculine)A colorless, odorless inert gas used in lighting.
NeufnewAdjectiveNot previously used or owned; brand-new.
NidnestNoun (Masculine)A structure built by birds to hold their eggs.
NiveaulevelNoun (Masculine)A position on a scale of intensity, amount, or quality.
NocturnenocturnalAdjectiveActive or happening during the night.
NoëlChristmasNoun (Masculine)The annual Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus.
NomsnamesNoun (Masculine, Plural)Words by which a person or thing is known or identified.
NonchalantnonchalantAdjectiveCalm and unconcerned, typically in a way that suggests disinterest.
NordnorthNoun (Masculine)The direction in which a compass needle normally points; opposite of south.
NouveaunewAdjectiveProduced, introduced, or discovered recently.
NuitnightNoun (Feminine)The period of darkness between sunset and sunrise.
NarcissenarcissusNoun (Masculine)A spring-flowering plant with pale yellow blooms.
NectarinenectarineNoun (Feminine)A smooth-skinned variety of peach.
Négligerto neglectVerbTo fail to care for or attend to properly.
NéologismeneologismNoun (Masculine)A newly coined word or expression.
NévroseneurosisNoun (Feminine)A functional disorder involving anxiety or phobias.
NiobiumniobiumNoun (Masculine)A chemical element used primarily in steel alloys.
NostalgienostalgiaNoun (Feminine)A sentimental longing for the past.
NotairenotaryNoun (Masculine)A person authorized to perform legal formalities.
NovembreNovemberNoun (Masculine)The eleventh month of the year.
NuméronumberNoun (Masculine)A numerical value used for identification or calculation.
Nymphéawater lilyNoun (Masculine)An aquatic flowering plant with flat leaves and showy flowers.
NymphomanenymphomaniacNoun (Feminine)A person with abnormally excessive sexual desire.
NystagmusnystagmusNoun (Masculine)An involuntary, rapid movement of the eyes.
Naviguerto navigateVerbTo plan and direct a route or course.
Nourrirto feedVerbTo give food to a person or animal.
NaindwarfNoun (Masculine)A short-statured person who is not otherwise deformed or physically impaired.
NarrateurnarratorNoun (Masculine)The person who tells the story in a work of literature or a film.
NostalgiquenostalgicAdjectiveHaving a sentimental yearning for the past.
NacellegondolaNoun (Feminine)A flat-bottomed boat used in canals and waterways.
NécromancienecromancyNoun (Feminine)The practice of communicating with the dead to predict the future.
NutritifnutritiousAdjectiveProviding the nutrients needed for growth and health.
NécropolenecropolisNoun (Feminine)A large, elaborate cemetery belonging to an ancient city.
NomadenomadNoun (Masculine)A person who moves from place to place without a permanent home.
Table of French Words That Start With N

And there you have it !

Enjoy integrating them into your vocabulary.

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À bientôt for the next French language exploration!

Christine from France

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