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?

May 3, 2012


La chatte has the same double meaning as '❤❤❤❤❤' in English so be slightly careful with its use.

May 23, 2012

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 :)

August 15, 2013

Your teacher got mad because someone asked a question...? Wow. Bad teaching!

December 10, 2013

La chatte* is the female cat while le chat is the male one.

May 3, 2012

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.

June 16, 2012

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,, may help you identify the nouns.

September 24, 2012

Le chat means the cat or the male cat but la chatte is specifically the female cat. Be careful as it can also mean "❤❤❤❤❤".

January 8, 2014

@muppet101 - "la chatte" is not plural. If you wanted to say "the cats," it would be "les chattes."

July 2, 2012

would it be "les chattes" or "les chats".. I would think the first would mean multiple of the slang version of the word??

May 14, 2013
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"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".

May 14, 2013

The gender, usually words that end with an E mean a female

June 15, 2013

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.

June 26, 2013

Portuguese is the same...latin languages in general use gender differences.

January 5, 2014

"chat" can mean male cat, or cat in general. "chatte" means female cat.

August 27, 2013

chat is male and chatte is female. like chien is male and chienne is female

November 8, 2013

chatte = female cat chat = male cat

chien = male dog chienne = female dog

November 22, 2013

Chatte= Female cat Chat= Male cat Hope that helped you :)

January 12, 2014

chat means cat but in french it is male cat chatte means female cat get it

January 30, 2014
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