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How to Pronounce the Word Giclée

By September 26, 2012

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It's easy, giclée is pronounced "ink jet".

Okay, seriously, you pronounce giclée [zhee clay]. The word is French in origin, so don't give it a hard "gi" and a long eeee at the end. Aim for a soft, short "zhe" for the "gi" bit and a harder "clay" for the "clée".

How do I know for sure, given I don't speak much French? Simple, I asked an expert -- About.com's French Language Guide Laura K Lawless, who kindly put together a vocabularly page on giclée that explains the meaning of the word and, even more usefully, a sound file where you can hear the word spoken. See How to Pronounce the Word Giclée. Be warned: There's also a slang use of the word you wouldn't use in polite conversation.

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October 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm
(1) Iris Devadason says:

Thanks a lot.I was quite unsure myself.
A very useful site this.

October 23, 2011 at 10:09 am
(2) Beverly says:

Good stuff – always wondered what about how it was done.

May 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm
(3) Doug W says:

But Marion’s final sentence has me wondering about the slang meaning…

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