My 45 Remarkable French Words that Start with R

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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 4th, 2023 :
– Add a printable pdf file of the word list.
– Addition of 10 new words beginning with R.
– New table format for the list.
– Definitions added.

Today, let’s reveal and revel in the remarkable world of French words starting with the letter ‘R’.

Before reading this post, you can have look on words that start with S, the letter after “R” in alphabet 🙂

The ‘R’ in French, with its unique pronunciation, adds a certain flair to the language.

So, get ready to roll your ‘R’s!

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French Words that start With R

So, here’s my list of 45 remarkable French words beginning with R, 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)

Word in FrenchTranslation in EnglishFamily and Gender of WordsMeaning
RaisonReasonNoun (feminine)An explanation or justification for an action or belief.
RapideFastAdjectiveMoving or capable of moving at a high speed.
RappelerTo remindVerbTo cause someone to remember or think of something.
RaviDelightedAdjectiveFeeling or showing great pleasure or satisfaction.
RayonRay, beamNoun (masculine)A line of light or other form of radiation.
RêveDreamNoun (masculine)A series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.
RireTo laughVerbTo express pleasure, amusement, or derision by a series of spontaneous, unarticulated sounds.
RobeDressNoun (feminine)A one-piece garment for women, typically covering the body from the shoulders to below the knee.
RocRockNoun (masculine)The solid mineral material forming part of the Earth’s surface.
RoiKingNoun (masculine)The male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth.
RomantiqueRomanticAdjectiveExpressive of love or strong affection.
RosePinkAdjectiveOf a color intermediate between red and white.
RouteRoadNoun (feminine)A way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination.
RouxRed-hairedAdjectiveHaving red hair.
RueStreetNoun (feminine)A public road in a city or town.
RuptureBreak, breakupNoun (feminine)An instance of breaking or bursting, often in relationships.
RythmeRhythmNoun (masculine)A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.
RafraîchirTo refreshVerbTo rejuvenate or make fresh again.
RéalisteRealisticAdjectiveHaving or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected.
RéchaufferTo warm upVerbTo make or become warm or warmer.
RécompenseRewardNoun (feminine)A thing given in recognition of service, effort, or achievement.
RégionRegionNoun (feminine)An area of a country or the world having definable characteristics.
RégulierRegularAdjectiveOccurring or done at uniform intervals; consistent.
ReineQueenNoun (feminine)The female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth.
RéunionMeetingNoun (feminine)An assembly of people for a particular purpose, especially for formal discussion.
RévolutionRevolutionNoun (feminine)A forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favor of a new system.
RisqueRiskNoun (masculine)A situation involving exposure to danger.
RobusteRobustAdjectiveStrong and healthy; able to withstand adverse conditions.
RondRoundAdjectiveShaped like a circle or cylinder; rounded.
RoséRosé (wine)Noun (masculine)A type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins but not enough to qualify it as a red wine.
RustiqueRusticAdjectiveCharacterized by simplicity, charm, and a rural atmosphere.
RavissantRavishingAdjectiveExtremely attractive or delightful; entrancing.
RigoloFunnyAdjectiveCausing laughter or amusement; humorous.
RenouveauRenewalNoun (masculine)The act of making something new or fresh again.
ReposantRestfulAdjectiveProviding or conducive to rest or relaxation.
RatatouilleRatatouilleNoun (feminine)A French vegetable stew made with ingredients like tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant.
RaffinéRefinedAdjectiveElegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste.
RafaleGust (of wind)Noun (feminine)A brief, strong rush of wind.
RagotStewNoun (masculine)A dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid.
RalentirTo slow downVerbTo decrease speed or rate.
RameOarNoun (feminine)A pole with a flat blade, used to row or steer a boat.
RampeRampNoun (feminine)An inclined surface or pathway connecting different levels.
RaturerTo cross outVerbTo mark or lines through text, usually to show that it is incorrect or has been deleted.
RavioliRavioliNoun (masculine)A type of pasta comprising a filling enveloped in thin pasta dough.
RéfléchirTo thinkVerbTo consider something deeply and thoroughly; to ponder.
Table of French word starting with R

A rich repertoire of ‘R’ words to refresh your French vocabulary.

Keep practising and stay tuned for more !

À la prochaine!

Christine 🙂

French Words With R + Pronunciation (Audio File)

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