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List of Important Foreign Words with Meaning

Foreign words with meaning: The English language has imbibed many words from foreign origin into its lexicon. Some of such words of foreign origin is used in political and judicial matters most often. Therefore, these words has become important for government job examination, especially in judicial recruitment examinations conducted across India. Considering the importance, we have compiled an extensive list of such foreign words with meaning.

  1. Avant garde (French): Pioneer in the field of art, music, or literature
  2. Ad hoc (Latin): Made for a specific purpose
  3. Au revoir (French): Goodbye until we meet again
  4. Alma mater(Latin): A school/college/university one attended formerly
  5. Alumni (Latin): A former student of a school/college/university
  6. Amicus curiae (Latin): Friend of the court
  7. Alias (Latin): Nickname, also known as
  8. A fortiori (Latin): With stronger reason
  9. A posteriori (Latin): Derived from observation and experience
  10. Bona fide (Latin): Genuine, Real
  11. Bonjour (French): Hello, Good day, Good morning
  12. Bon appétit (French): Enjoy your meal
  13. Bon voyage (French): Happy journey
  14. Bourgeoisie (French): Relating to middle class people
  15. Bête noire (French): A person or object that one dislikes
  16. Carte blanche (French): Full freedom
  17. Coup d’ etat (French): Violent and illegal seizure of power from a government
  18. Detour (French): Indirect way
  19. Debut (French): First appearance
  20. De facto (Latin): In fact
  21. Deja vu (French): A feeling that something has happened before
  22. Emeritus (Latin): Retired but keeping title on merit
  23. Enchanté (French): Please to meet you, how do you do
  24. En masse (French): All together
  25. Ex gratia (Latin): Given as a favour
  26. En route (French): On the way
  27. Ex officio (Latin): By virtue of one’s status or position
  28. Et al (Latin): And others
  29. Entourage (French): A group of person surrounding an important person
  30. Fait accompli (French): A thing accomplished and irreversible
  31. Faux pas (French): An embarrassment, a mistake etc
  32. Forte (Latin, french): One’s special talent
  33. Fiance (French): A man to whom someone is engaged to marry
  34. Fiancee (French): A woman to whom someone is engaged to marry
  35. Genre (French): A style or category of art, music, literature etc
  36. Impasse (French): Deadlock
  37. Inter alia (Latin): Among other things
  38. Joie de vivre (French): Joy of living
  39. Laissez faire (French): Free from government interference
  40. Lingua franca (Italian): Language used for communication between groups of people who speak different languages
  41. Mala fide (Latin): In bad faith
  42. Mea culpa (Latin): Used as an acknowledgement of one’s fault or error
  43. Modus operandi (Latin): One’s way of doing something
  44. Magnum opus (Latin): A great work of art, music or literature
  45. Per se (Latin): By itself
  46. Prima facie (Latin): Based on first impression
  47. Proletariat (French): Working class people
  48. Protege (Latin, French): A person patronized by someone
  49. Parole (Latin): Temporary or permanent release of a prisoner before expiry of sentence
  50. Quid pro quo (Latin): Something that is given or taken in return of something
  51. Rendezvous (French): A meeting at an agreed time and place
  52. RSVP (Répondez s’il vous plaît) (French): Please reply
  53. Résumé (French): A summary
  54. Sangfroid (French): Calmness, composure
  55. Sobriquet (French): Pseudonym
  56. Status quo (Latin): Existing state
  57. Sine qua non (Latin): An essential condition
  58. Sub judice (Latin): Before a judge of court
  59. Suo moto (Latin): On one’s own
  60. Tête-à-tête (French): A private conversation between two people
  61. Via (French): Through
  62. Viva voce (French): An oral test
  63. Viz (Latin): Namely
  64. Vice versa(Latin): Also true in opposite order
  65. Vendetta (Latin): Family feud
  66. Vis-a-vis (French): In relation to

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