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Fiancé or Fiancée?
Should I Write "Fiancé" or "Fiancée"?
The Quick Answer
- Use "fiancé" for a man.
- Use "fiancée" for a woman.
- A fiancé is a man who is engaged to be married.
- A fiancée is a woman who is engaged to be married.
Gender DistinctionGender distinction with the "e" ending happens in other English words too. For example, it happens with blond/blonde and confidant/confidante:
- A blond is man with fair hair. A blonde is a woman with fair hair.
- A confidant is a trusted man. A confidante is a trusted woman.
- cousin (male cousin) / cousine (female cousin)
- chien (male dog) / chienne (bitch, female dog)
- chat (male cat) / chatte (female cat)
- lion (male lion) / lionne (lioness)
The "E with Acute" (É)In English, it is acceptable to replace the é (e with acute) with a normal e. However, fiancé and fiancé look far more elegant with é.
The easiest way to get the letter é is to copy and paste it. However, if this is not possible and if you're using a keyboard with a numeric pad*, hold down the Alt Key and type 0233. When you lift the the Alt Key, the é symbol will appear.
* This only works with a numeric pad to side of the keys. It will not work with the keys on the number row.Learn more ways to get the e acute symbol.
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