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👁👁 French Eye Colors and Shapes

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis - updated on Jun 17, 2020
learn French Eye Vocabulary Adjectives With Video Game Sims

In this video, I will illustrate the French vocabulary about the eyes in French, using the popular video game The Sims. Learn about the eye anatomy, eye colors and eye shapes in French in a fun and efficient way.

Today, I’m going to tell you about the eyes in French, using the Sims. Scroll down to watch the video.

1 – Eyes in French

So the French word for eyes is “les yeux”.

  • Un oeil – one eye – has a strong liaison in N.
  • L’oeil – the eye

2 – French Pronunciation of Eyes

In the plural, you will almost always have a Z sound starting the word “z-yeux” because of the word which comes before it, and the liaison.

  1. Des yeux – eyes
  2. Les yeux – the eyes
  3. Deux yeux – two eyes

But this is pretty much true for all the words that would come before…

  1. Tes yeux – your eyes (for tu)
  2. Vos yeux – your eyes (for vous)
  3. Tes beaux yeux – your beautiful eyes (for tu)
  4. Ces yeux / ses yeux – these eyes / her-his eyes (same pronunciation for ces and ses in French)

So you may as well memorize the sound “zieu” for it.

3 – French Eye Vocabulary

Over les yeux, we have:

  • “un sourcil, des sourcils” – eyebrows.  The final L is silent.

Over the eye also, we have the eyelid:

  • La paupière – eyelid

And then, another strange word :

  • “un cil”, des “cils”, this time with the final L pronounced: the eye-lashes.

Go figure!

4 – Typical Eye Colors French Vocabulary

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Now, let’s see some typical eye colors

Note the way we say “Her eyes are black, brown, blue etc…” is a bit different in French.

We can say “Ses yeux sont noirs, marron, bleus etc…” but in general, the construction: “Elle a les yeux noirs, marron, bleus etc… is more common.


  1. Elle a les yeux de quelle couleur ? What color are her eyes?
  2. De quelle couleur sont ses yeux ? What color are her eyes?
  3. Elle a les yeux noirs. Her eyes are black.
  4. Elle a les yeux marron. Her eyes are brown (no S for “marron”, it’s an irregular color adjective which is invariable = it never changes)
  5. Elle a les yeux verts. Her eyes are green.
  6. Elle a les yeux bleus. Her eyes are blue.

5 – Nuanced Eye Colors French Vocabulary

Now for some more unusual eye colors in French.

  1. Elle a les yeux noisette : un mélange de brun et de vert – she has hazel eyes, a mix of brown and green.
  2. Elle a les yeux gris-bleu – her eyes are grey blue
  3. Elle a les yeux bleu foncé – her eyes are dark blue
  4. Elle a les yeux bleu ciel – her eyes are “sky” blue (very light blue – you could also say “bleu clair”)
  5. Elle a les yeux bleu vert – here eyes are bluish green

Note that these adjectives are invariable: they are spelled without S although they refer to a plural noun.

All the rules about French adjectives are thoroughly explained in my audio lesson “Mastering French Adjectives”, exclusively available on French

6 – How do You Say Contact Lenses and Glasses in French?

Now, what about that ?

  • Elle a les yeux roses.

I know this is not possible, so…

  • “peut-être qu’elle porte des lentilles de contact”. Maybe she is wearing contact lenses.

If she needs to:

  • elle peut aussi porter des lunettes de vue – she can also wear prescription glasses
  • ou bien des lunettes de soleil – or sunglasses

7 – Eye Shapes – French Vocabulary

Now, let’s look at the shapes of the eyes.

Typically, an Asian person has:

  • les yeux bridés – well, I’m not sure how to translate this in English to be politically correct… I think you may say slanted eyes in English, but in any case it is the term we use in French (in France anyway).

Someone from India may have:

  • les yeux en amande – almond shape eyes

We also say:

  • Elle a les yeux ronds – her eyes are round shaped
  • Elle a de grands yeux – she has big / large eyes
  • Elle louche – she is cross eyed (from loucher)

8 – And Now It’s Your Turn!

  • Et vous ? De quelle couleur sont vos yeux ? Est-ce que vous portez des lunettes ou des lentilles de contact ?
    What about your? What color are your eyes? Do you wear glasses or contact lenses?

Answer this question in French in the comment section below – be careful with your adjectives!

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