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Discover the French expression "Faire la grasse matinée"

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Translation in English

  • Translation : To sleep in

  • Literal meaning : To make the fat morning​

  • Register : Informal - Funny




  • IPA : / fɛʁ la ɡʁas matine /

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What does it mean?


It literally means:


We use the expression "Faire la grasse matinée" about someone sleeping until very late. The closest translation in English is "To sleep in".

Here, the term "grasse" (fat) can be associated with something soft and smooth, such as a bed in which one can relax for a long time. But it can also come from the Latin "crassus" (thick), to express a prolonged morning, because it's "thicker" (longer) than usual.

How to use it

When talking about yourself, you can use for example "J'ai fait la grasse matinée" (I slept in) or "Ce week-end, je vais faire la grasse matinée" (This weekend, I'm going to sleep in)

Few more examples, if you are talking about someone else: "Tu as encore fait la grasse matinée ?" (Did you sleep in again?) or "Je te connais, tu vas faire la grasse matinée ce week-end" (I know you, you are going to sleep in this week-end.)

Example in a dialogue with audio


Que voulez-vous faire ?

What do you want to do?

Faire la grasse matinée

Make the fat morning​*

Moi aussi !

Me too!

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Il pleut comme vache qui pisse


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J'ai la patate