What's the difference between horloge and pendule?

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What's the difference between horloge and pendule? All I know so far is what is given on Collins English-French dictionary:


April 16, 2018


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"Horloge" is strictly speaking a timepiece of any sort, but is used for a clock on a building, or an electronic display, although an alarm clock is "un réveil". "Une pendule" is strictly speaking a clock which uses "un pendule" (a pendulum, note difference in gender), but is generally used for a wall clock, even if it is electric.

April 16, 2018

It's true, although in my experience this use of "pendule" is a bit archaic nowadays, I haven't heard anybody refer to a clock as a "pendule" in a while (I know my grand mother used to...). Maybe it's regional though.

April 17, 2018

I stand corrected. I have asked a number of French people, and although there was some disagreement, the general conclusion was that "horloge" is the most commonly used word for a wall clock, unless it really has a pendulum. Thanks for the info.

April 18, 2018

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    "Pendule" is the pendulum, the thing that goes to one side than the other forever.

    "Horloge" is part of the clock where you can read the numbers or all the furniture.

    April 16, 2018
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