Question: Difference between "chat" and "chatte"
The definition for cat given is le chat and then in the lessons there is a sentence where the spelling of cat is le chatte. Why is this?
La chatte has the same double meaning as '❤❤❤❤❤' in English so be slightly careful with its use.
Same with chienne. It is also used as female dog, ya know? Even though it is a female, just be careful when you use it. My french teacher got so mad at someone when they asked about chienne, because its bad :)
Usually with animals (with some exceptions), you use the male gender. However, if gender is important, (like with your domesticated girl cat) you have the option of using the female gender.
La chatte is feminine or in this cause a female cat. Le chat is the masculine term and means a male cat. Every noun in french is either masculine or feminine. This website,http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/genderpatterns.htm, may help you identify the nouns.
Le chat means the cat or the male cat but la chatte is specifically the female cat. Be careful as it can also mean "❤❤❤❤❤".
@muppet101 - "la chatte" is not plural. If you wanted to say "the cats," it would be "les chattes."
would it be "les chattes" or "les chats".. I would think the first would mean multiple of the slang version of the word??
"les chattes" is the feminine plural, and means "the (female) cats". The feminine form is not slang in itself, but can be used in slang.
"les chats" is the masculine plural, and means "the (male) cats".
In french as in spanish we use gender differences, in this case "le chat" is the male and "la chatte" is female gender. Maybe for you is not obvious because in english there is no difference only in the context.
Portuguese is the same...latin languages in general use gender differences.
chat is male and chatte is female. like chien is male and chienne is female
chatte = female cat chat = male cat
chien = male dog chienne = female dog