In Canadian French, people use the term « chien-chaud » , literal translation of "hot dog". Apparently this is only used in Quebec, so I'm wondering how people say it in France or other French-speaking parts of the world. Unfortunately Google Translate just seems to hyphenate the word when I type in "hot dog".

I'm referring to the food, not the animal:

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Non. Les québécois pour une large part ont rejeté catégoriquement chien chaud. Si quelqu'un employait ce terme, il se ferait rire au nez. Hot dog est l'emprunt employé universellement, ainsi que l'indiquera n'importe quel dictionnaire courant.

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    I'm not sure which region of Quebec that applies to but here in the Gatineau/Ottawa area, chien chaud is pretty common. Good to know though. Commented Oct 12, 2014 at 23:03
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    Never heard anybody in Quebec ever say "Chien-chaud" seriously. Edit: I've lived North shore and South Shore of Montreal as well as Montreal itself. I know people from Quebec, Saguenay and Abitibi and all of them would find it very odd in a conversation to use "chien chaud".
    – ApplePie
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 0:20
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    Maybe it's used in a humoristic way but I've never seen chien-chaud neither. I live in the Laurentides.
    – Vincent
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 1:35
  • Je suis français et utilise généralement "chien chaud". Tout le monde comprend, et même si c'est humoristique je peux vous assurer que jamais personne ne m'a ri au nez !
    – Shautieh
    Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 16:06
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    @PapaPoule J'ai rarement entendu "vapeur" utilisé pour un hotdog vapeur, mais "steamé" oui (emprunt et francisation de "steamed hotdogs"). Similairement, à Montréal on peut entendre parler de "steamies" qui fait un peu plus anglo. Aussi oui, ça réfère seulement aux hot-dogs cuits à la vapeur.
    – ApplePie
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 17:26

In France, it is called hot-dog.

But this kind of street food is far less common than jambon-beurre or kebab.

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    en suisse aussi c'est hot-dog ou hotdog et on dit /ɔtdɔg/
    – hunter
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 7:31

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