How to Pronounce Croissant

How to Pronounce Croissant. The correct way to pronounce croissant is krwah-SAHN. Listen to the audio pronunciation in the Cambridge English Dictionary.

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Croissant is a French word that means “crescent.” Pronouncing croissant can be tricky for English speakers because the word contains several different sounds that don’t exist in English. Here are some tips to help you pronounce croissant like a native speaker.

The first thing to know is that there are two ways to say croissant in French: the standard way and the Quebecois way. The standard way is pronounced “kwah-sahn,” and the Quebecois way is pronounced “kwah-sawn.” For the purposes of this guide, we will focus on the standard pronunciation.

The next thing to know is that the letter “s” in French is pronounced like a “z” sound. So, if you’re having trouble pronouncing croissant, try saying it like “kwah-zahn.”

The final thing to keep in mind is that the letter “t” at the end of croissant is silent. So, when you say the word, you should list off each syllable like this: kwah-zahn-uh.

The French Pronunciation

The French word croissant is pronounced [kwah-sahn]. The tonic syllable, the one that carries the main stress, is indicated in boldface. The other syllables are reduced. In actual speech, a native speaker of French will almost never pronounce all the syllables of a word.

The following table shows the French pronunciation of croissant.


The American Pronunciation

In the United States, thepronunciation of croissantis more like “cwah-sawn.” The French pronunciation is closer to “kwah-son.”


Now that you know how to pronounce croissant, you can enjoy this delicious pastry with confidence. Order it with your coffee in the morning, or enjoy it as a dessert. However you eat it, savor the flavor and the experience of feeling like a true French person.