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Discover the French phrase "Mille mercis"

On this page, we are going to show you everything you need to know about the basic French idiom "Mille mercis". To be more specific, this includes a full guide of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. And also the cool things we sprinkled like slow pronunciation audio, synonyms, dialogue example and more!

English translation

  • Translation : Thanks a lot

  • Literal meaning : A thousand thanks

  • Register : Formal - Basic

How to pronounce



  • IPA : / mil mɛʁsi /

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What does mille mercis mean?


The literal meaning is:

We will dedicate this article to "Mille mercis" and the other ways to express powerful gratitude, when a simple "Merci" (Thanks) is not enough.

Typically, when you received a huge gift or someone did something amazing for you. So much that a simple "Thank you" would sound almost insulting!

We will see in another article a complete guide of the more classic ways to say simply "thank you" in French, don't worry!

How to use

Imagine someone offers you an amazing gift and your heart is full of gratitude. Then instead of a classic "Merci." you can use "Mille mercis !" (A thousand thanks!) or any other variations you will find in the next section.

All of them are fine with formal contexts, so you can use them in a professional environment too.

Synonyms / Related

Powerful gratitude:

Normal gratitude:

↓ Example in a story with slow French audio ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Prêter de l'argent

To lend money

Un matin, Joe sort de chez lui pour acheter des pâtisseries.
One morning, Joe leaves his house to buy pastries.
Il trouve une boulangerie et entre.
He finds a bakery and enters.
Cinq personnes faisaient la queue devant lui. Donc il attendait...
Five people were standing in line in front of him. So he was waiting...
Tout se passait bien...
Everything was going fine...
Jusqu'à ce que la cliente juste avant Joe ait un problème...
Until the client just before Joe had a problem...
Il penche légèrement la tête sur le côté pour voir ce qu'il se passait.
He slightly tilts his head to the side to see what was going on.
Il voit une jeune femme confuse, essayant de trouver quelque chose dans son sac...
He sees a confused young woman, trying to find something in her bag...


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