que as in cheque

Mostly from French, for word/syllable endings

arabesque

baroque

barque

Basque

bisque

boutique

Braque

brusque

burlesque

catafalque

cheque (US check)

cinque

cirque

clique

critique

Dominique

discotheque

grotesque

Junoesque

macaque

marquee

Martinique

masque

monocoque

mosque

Mozambique

mystique

oblique

opaque

physique

picaresque

picturesque

pique

plaque

Romanesque

Roquefort

technique

toque

torque

unique

but at the start of
queue

3 thoughts on “que as in cheque

  1. Krona Emmanuel

    Great List! I am using it to help me to win the Spelling Bee. I was amazed when I found lorquette here (not on this page, on the previous one). I have googled it but have not found any definition of it. Can anybody help me?

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    1. alison Post author

      Oh, isn’t that funny, now I can’t find a definition of “lorquette” either. I must have gotten the word from my rhyming dictionary, which doesn’t have definitions, but for unusual patterns I just took its word that the words are words. Time to get the really superduper Oxford dictionary, or ask someone who speaks French I guess

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  2. Kylie Ridler

    The word lorquette appears once in the book – Lucia Dare by Filia (Sarah Anne Dorsey) – “The gentle- man had stepped into an optician’s, on the Rue de la Paix; he came out, holding a lorquette in his hand.”

    I also found the word lorquette repeatedly in jeweler adverts in American newspapers from late 1800s e.g. “WILL SELL AND COMPETE WITH EASTERN PRICES. BELTS, BLOUSE SETS. BAGS, TURTLE COMBS OF SIX DIFFERENT STYLES. OSTRICH FANS. LORQUETTE CHAIN’S, BRACELETS. SKIRT PINS AND ONE HUNDRED DIFFERENT VARIETIES JUST RECEIVED FROM THE MANUFACTURERS.”

    I thing it may be an Americanized version of the word Lorgnette https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorgnette

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