Outstanding ‘O’: Diving Into 33 French Words That Start With O

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One letter that Often gets Overlooked in the French language is ‘O’.

Did you know that there are quite a number of interesting and useful words that begin with the letter O ?

French Words That Start With O

So, here’s my list of 33 Original French words beginning with O, 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 WordEnglish TranslationFamily & Gender MeaningNumber of Letters
ŒufEggNoun (masculine)An oval or round object laid by a female bird3 letters
ŒilEyeNoun (masculine)Organ of vision3 letters
OieGooseNoun (feminine)A large waterbird with a long neck3 letters
OursBearNoun (masculine)A large, heavy mammal with thick fur4 letters
OcéanOceanNoun (masculine)A large body of salt water5 letters
ŒuvreWork (of art)Noun (feminine)A piece of art or artistic creation5 letters
OliveOliveNoun (feminine)A small oval fruit with a hard stone5 letters
OngleNail (of the finger)Noun (masculine)Hard covering at the end of a finger or toe5 letters
OpéraOperaNoun (masculine)A dramatic work set to music5 letters
OutreBesidesPrepositionIn addition to; other than5 letters
OvaleOvalNoun (masculine)A rounded shape resembling an egg5 letters
OyatsMarram grassNoun (masculine, plural)A type of grass found on sandy beaches5 letters
OzoneOzoneNoun (masculine)A form of oxygen, found in the atmosphere5 letters
OignonOnionNoun (masculine)A vegetable with a strong flavor and smell6 letters
OiseauBirdNoun (masculine)A feathered, winged, bipedal, warm-blooded, egg-laying, vertebrate animal6 letters
OrangeOrangeNoun (feminine)A round sweet fruit with a tough skin6 letters
OuvrirTo openVerbTo move a door or container so that it is no longer closed6 letters
ObscurObscure, darkAdjectiveNot discovered or known about; uncertain6 letters
OmbrageShadeNoun (masculine)Covered, sheltered area from sunlight7 letters
OptiqueOptic, opticalNoun (feminine)Related to vision or light7 letters
OpulentOpulentAdjectiveOstentatiously rich and luxurious7 letters
OuvrageWork (craftsmanship)Noun (masculine)A piece of work, especially a book7 letters
OriginalMooseNoun (masculine)A large deer with broad, flat antlers7 letters
OxygèneOxygenNoun (masculine)A chemical element (symbol O)7 letters
OccasionOccasion, opportunityNoun (feminine)A particular time or instance of an event8 letters
OctogoneOctagonNoun (masculine)A polygon with eight angles and eight sides8 letters
OrphelinOrphanNoun (masculine)A child whose parents are dead8 letters
OutillageTools, toolingNoun (masculine)Instruments or devices used for particular purposes9 letters
OrdinateurComputerNoun (masculine)A device for storing and processing data10 letters
OccupationOccupationNoun (feminine)A job or profession10 letters
ObstinationObstinacy, stubbornnessNoun (feminine)The quality or condition of being obstinate11 letters

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