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According to Wikipidia approximately 80,000 words in the English language have their origin in the French language.

"The French contributed legal, military, technological, and political terminology. Their language also contributed common words, such as the names of meats: veal, mutton, beef, pork, and how food was prepared: boil, broil, fry, roast, and stew; as well as words related to the nobility: prince, duke, marquess, viscount, baron, and their feminine equivalents.[6]:254-258 Nearly 30 percent of English words (in an 80,000 word dictionary) may be of French origin." Source: Wikipedia.Org

It would be impossible to list that many words here, but I have tried to list many of most common words that have been borrowed from the French language.

[Words From French]

Words Borrowed from French

canoe: A light, slender boat that has pointed ends and is propelled by addles.

resent: To feel indignantly aggrieved at.

chef: A cook, especially the chief cook of a large kitchen staff.

envelope: A flat, folded paper container, especially for a letter.

coward: One who shows ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain.

pumpkin: a fruit widely associated with Halloween

identity: The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity, individuality

plaque: A film of mucus and bacteria on a tooth surface

category: A specifically defined division in a system of classification, a class.

resume' : A brief account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications

trophy: A prize or memento, such as a cu or plaque, received as a symbol of victory

satellite: An object launched to orbit Earth or another celestial body.

statue: A likeness sculpted, modeled, carved, or cast in material such as stone, clay or bronze.

massacre: The act of killing a large number of human beings indiscriminately and cruelly

stethoscope: tool used by a doctor to hear a heartbeat

turquoise: Color. A light to brilliant bluish green.

fortress: especially a large, permanent military strong hold that often includes a town.

aviation: The operation of aircraft.

rendezvous: A meeting at a rearranged time and lace

scandal: A publicized incident that brings about disgrace or offends moral sensibilities

chauffeur: One employed to drive a private automobile

pilot: One who operates or is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight

retire: To withdraw from one's occupation, business, or office, stop working

citizen: A person entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation.

pessimism: A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view

platform: a stage for public speaking or a landing alongside railroad tracks

baton: A hollow metal rod with a heavy rubber tis that is twirled by a drum majorette

republic: A political order in which elected officers represent the general public

debris: The scattered remains of something broken or destroyed

device: A contrivance or an invention serving a articular purpose

caffeine: a stimulant found in coffee

emotion: a feeling: happy, sad etc.

gravity: The force of attraction exerted by a celestial body upon objects at or near its surface

caramel: A smooth, chewy candy made with sugar, butter, cream or milk, and flavoring.

district: A division of an area, as for administrative purposes.

banquet: A ceremonial dinner honoring a articular guest or occasion.

coupon: a ticket or advertisement, that entitles the bearer to certain benefits

lottery: Ware, such as vases, pots, bowls, or plates, shaped from moist clay and hardened by heat.

hotel: An establishment that provides lodging for travelers and other paying guests.

espionage: The act or practice of spying or of using spies to obtain secret information

grenade: A missile designed to be thrown by hand or deployed by a specially equipped launcher

blouse: A woman's or child's loosely fitting shirt that extends to the waist or slightly below

patriot: One who loves, supports, and defends one's country.

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