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beau-fils (boh-feece) noun, masculine
synonym: "gendre" (more synonyms, a great soundfile... and a dictionary of terms, after the story column)
It is 7:48 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and my mom and my husband are dancing the tango. Mom's silver hair is swept back; she's laughing though she hasn't yet put her teeth in.
"I'm sixty-two! I'm sixty two!" she sings as she looks into Jean-Marc's eyes.
"You know why I married your daughter, don't you?" he asks, with that melts-your-heart French accent.
"Because when she is sixty-two... she will be as beautiful as you!"
PS: I forgot to add that yesterday was Mom's birthday. We'll be celebrating all week.
la belle-famille = in-laws
le beau-fils (son-in-law, stepson) = gendre
la belle-fille (daughter-in-law, stepdaughter) = bru
la belle-soeur = sister-in-law
le beau-frère (brother-in-law) = beauf
la belle-mère (mother-in-law, stepmother) = marâtre
le beau-père (father-in-law, stepfather) = parâtre
les beaux-parents = step-parents
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This is a great time to discuss all those "beautiful" members of the French "belle-famille". Why do the French call their in-laws "beau" and "belle" and isn't it a lovely idea, as well?
...Belle-mère, belle-fille, beau-père, beau-fils, beau-frère, beaux-parents...
A mother-in-law is a "belle-mère"... and so is a stepmother. Do you have other examples of how these words are borrowed for other family members? Does Cinderella call her evil stepsisters "belles-soeurs" ("beautiful sisters")?
Finally, if one can refer to her beau-frère as "beauf"... just what can she call her "belle-soeur"?
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