My 39 Zany French Words that start with Z

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

Today, we’re zooming in on the last letter of the French alphabet, Z.

While it may not be the most common letter, it’s the start of some zany and zestful words that are sure to add some pizzazz to your vocabulary.

Read also: French Words That Start With J

French Words that Start With Z

So, here’s my list of 39 zany French words beginning with Z, 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 Meaning
ZèbreZebraNoun (masculine)A type of wild animal with black and white stripes.
ZéroZeroNoun (masculine)The numerical value of nothing; absence of quantity.
ZincZincNoun (masculine)A chemical element used in various alloys.
ZesteZestNoun (masculine)The outer peel of citrus fruit, often used as a flavoring.
ZooZooNoun (masculine)A facility where animals are kept for public viewing.
ZouaveZouaveNoun (masculine)A type of light infantry regiment.
ZirconZirconNoun (masculine)A mineral occurring as prismatic crystals, often used as a gemstone.
ZibelineSableNoun (feminine)A species of marten valued for its fur.
ZoneZoneNoun (feminine)An area distinguished by some specified characteristic.
ZonageZoningNoun (masculine)The act of dividing an area into zones for different functions.
ZygomatiqueZygomaticAdjectivePertaining to the cheekbone.
ZénithZenithNoun (masculine)The point in the sky directly above an observer.
ZéphyrZephyrNoun (masculine)A gentle, mild breeze.
ZébuZebuNoun (masculine)A type of domestic cattle originating in South Asia.
ZèleZealNoun (masculine)Great enthusiasm or passion for something.
ZapperTo zapVerbTo change channels quickly on a television.
ZénitudeZen-nessNoun (feminine)A state of calm and tranquility.
ZéoliteZeoliteNoun (feminine)A type of mineral used in water purification and other applications.
ZirconiumZirconiumNoun (masculine)A chemical element used in various industrial applications.
ZlotyZlotyNoun (masculine)The currency of Poland.
ZébrureStripeNoun (feminine)A long, narrow band or strip differing in color or texture from the surface on either side of it.
ZinzolinPurpleAdjectiveOf a dark reddish-blue color.
ZinguerieZinc workNoun (feminine)Work involving the use of zinc, especially in construction.
ZigzagZigzagNoun (masculine), AdjectiveA pattern or path that moves sharply in alternate directions.
ZiggouratZigguratNoun (masculine)A type of ancient temple structure built in the form of a terraced pyramid.
ZibouletteChivesNoun (feminine)A small Eurasian plant in the onion family, used for its slender, hollow leaves as a culinary herb.
ZythumZythumNoun (masculine)An ancient Egyptian beer made from emmer wheat.
ZonuleZonuleNoun (feminine)A small zone or area, often in anatomical context.
ZostèreEelgrassNoun (feminine)A type of seaweed found in marine environments, often forming underwater meadows.
ZodiaqueZodiacNoun (masculine)A belt of the heavens divided into twelve equal divisions or signs for astrological or astronomical purposes.
ZarzuelaZarzuelaNoun (feminine)A type of Spanish operetta featuring a mix of song and spoken dialogue.
ZizanieDiscordNoun (feminine)Lack of agreement or harmony among persons or things.
ZombiZombieNoun (masculine)A reanimated corpse or a person deprived of consciousness and self-awareness.
ZizouNickname for Zinedine ZidaneProper NounNickname for the famous French soccer player Zinedine Zidane.
ZainDark-coloredAdjectiveHaving a color that is closer to black than white.
ZéphirineZephyrineNoun (feminine)A type of fabric or a feminine name.
ZoomerTo zoomVerbTo change the focal length of a camera or magnify an image.
ZambèzeZambeziNoun (masculine)A major river in Africa, flowing through several countries.
ZélateurZealotNoun (masculine)A person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their ideals.

Read also: Surprising French Words Starting with S

There you go!

That wraps up our alphabetical journey.

Keep practicing, and remember, every word you learn zests up your language skills a little more.

À bientôt!


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