An emote is a (mirror):

A term used in MMORPG's such as World of Warcraft which describes an action your character can perform which is usually accompanied by sound and sometimes even an animation. Emotes include:


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(image source, which contains other examples)

What's the translation of “emote" in French?

Google Translate didn't help.

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    Il semblerait que le français ait conservé le mot anglais. Voir par exemple ici ou . Je pense qu'un non initié dirait simplement une animation.
    – None
    Jul 25, 2021 at 21:11
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    @None You could make that an answer honestly. In gaming circles, at least in my experience, a lot of the specific vocabulary is directly borrowed from English. Spawn, emote, kill (as a noun), loot, map, etc. Jul 26, 2021 at 6:59
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    @AmiralPatate In my generation of early adopters of the internet we just used to call that gif animé but I wasn't sure gamers would use that word. I'm not a gamer and I don't chase upmarks. I just know what you have just said and how to verify things that are easily available online. Feel free to copy paste my comment. No problem.
    – None
    Jul 26, 2021 at 7:06
  • @None Thanks! gif animé isn't necessarily an emote. Jul 26, 2021 at 17:13

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L'Office québecois de la langue française suggère « émotion animée » et « émote ».


With the emote as you define it in your question (as opposed to an emoji or smiley, which is a different form of emoting), and in a gaming context you will encounter that word directly borrowed from English, either as emote or sometimes émote. Because it's a non-standard word, the gender of emote will be up to the speaker. I would lean towards une emote (because une émotion, une animation), but I've seen and heard un emote used before.

If you're looking for an established French word in a more general context, animation will probably be your best bet, an emote here being a character animation.

Source: personal experience. In general, with multiplayer games pitting you with international players, the English word will usually impose itself as a standard across languages.

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