What's the difference between horloge and pendule?
What's the difference between horloge and pendule? All I know so far is what is given on Collins English-French dictionary: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-french/clock.
"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.
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.
"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.