A Guide to Using Soir and Soirée in French

A Guide to Using Soir and Soirée in French

The French words un soir and une soirée both mean "evening" (we explain the difference here) and are also used in many expressions. Many of the expressions including soir and soirée are idioms - phrases with meanings that can't be derived from a direct translation of the words they use. With this list of expressions using soir and soirée, you can learn how to say frequently used sayings like an evening meal, a night owl, formal wear and more.

Common French Expressions With Soir

à prendre matin midi et soir
to be taken three times a day
au soir de sa vie
to be in the evening of his life
les cours du soir
night classes
être du soir
to be a night owl
Il est arrivé un beau soir.
He turned up one evening.
le repas du soir
evening meal
une robe du soir
evening gown
le soir descend / tombe
evening is closing in
la veille au soir
the previous evening
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir ?
Do you want to sleep with me tonight?

Common French Expressions Using Soirée

bonne soirée
have a nice evening
une soirée
party, evening performance
une soirée dansante
la tenue de soirée
formal wear, evening dress
la tenue de soirée de rigueur
black tie