To say someone is gorgeous what do people usually say? And for something nonliving? Would it just be “magnifique” and “merveilleux” and stuff like that?


In French, we can translate "gorgeous" as different words depending on the context.
To describe a woman we got multiple words like "somptueuse" and "charmante".
For an object it could be "magnifique" and "merveilleux" as well as "raffiné" and "élegant".

  • could somptueux/charmant be used for men too? to say a man is gorgeous? Jun 20 '19 at 9:22
  • "somptueux" and "charmant" may be used for men, it just seemed unnatural for me to describe a man as gorgeous, but yes.
    – Sriks
    Jun 20 '19 at 9:31
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    Charmant(e) can be used to qualify more than just the external look: you can say someone is charmant because they are extremely nice, helpful, compassionate, etc. It is very common to say eg "J'ai eu quelqu'un de charmant au téléphone" - obviously, you can't tell if this person looks good or not. Still, you can also add sublime to the list.
    – Greg
    Jun 20 '19 at 10:15

For a drop dead kind of gorgeous woman, we could say canon :

'tain, elle est vraiment canon, la fille!

Applied to a man, I would use beau gosse :

Il est beau gosse

or :

C'est un beau gosse.

Beau gosse has been recently abbreviated in bg /beʒe/. I first heard it two years ago used by my ten-year-old son. It can be used as a form of address more or less ironically :

Alors, bg, ça va!

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