à l’occidentale – French expression

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à l’occidentale – French expression

the Western way – Mot du Jour

What does the French expression ‘ à l’occidentale ‘ mean? How do you say ‘ the Western way ’ in French? How is it used in a sentence?

à l’occidentale — at the western. In everyday French à l’occidentale or sometimes à l’européenne, such as in chapter 4 of Le Petit Prince, means ‘in a Western fashion’, ‘the Western way’.

You may hear 3 common expressions with à l’occidentale:

  1. manger à l’occidentale
  2. s’habiller à l’occidentale
  3. vivre à l’occidentale
  • « Je ne m’habillais pas à l’occidentale quand j’habitais en Chine. »
    • “I didn’t dress in the Western fashion when I lived in China.”
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