à la belle étoile – French expression


à la belle étoile — under the stars — Mot du Jour

à la belle étoile – at the beautiful star. And just like in English, une étoile is a star in the sky and in the movies. In everyday French, à la belle étoile means ‘outside’, ‘out in the open’, ‘under the stars’. This expression is often used with the verb COUCHER, to sleep.

  • « Les enfants sont tout contents, car ils vont coucher dans le champ, à la belle étoile. »
    • “The children are very happy, for they are going to sleep in the field, under the stars.”
French verbs – Tenses and Modes

présent : nous couchons à la belle étoile

passé composé : nous avons couché à la belle étoile

imparfait : nous couchions à la belle étoile

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