Is there any difference between traîneau and luge?
Freeform Writing Exercise C1
Yes, there is a difference.Take a look here: https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/sledge
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It mostly seems that 'luge' is considered a small type of "traineau". Both Larousse and Robert indicate that in their definitions as well.
Quote from Larousse sums this up :
(mot savoyard, du bas latin sludia)
To discuss the difference in meaning between 2 words, you need the definitions of both words.
A luge is a ‘petit’ traîneau. Not all traîneaux are luges.
A sled-like snow vehicle is also a traîneau, and is referred to as ‘un traîneau’ in French, but it is not the only traîneau.
3 significant French monolingual dictionaries - Robert, Larousse and Académie-Française confirm this (review both words for completeness). TV5, amongst many others, agrees :
A simple internet search will confirm the description of a luge also belonging to the ‘family’ of traîneaux - Amazon France being just one of many examples
Wordreference also defines a luge as a (petit) traîneau. https://www.wordreference.com/fren/luge
Wordreference is a good word to word, and fixed expression translator - in many ways it is more like a bilingual thesaurus than a reference dictionary though.
For comprehensive definitions of words that include the nuance and detail, a good monolingual reference dictionary is superior. Luckily, we are studying language in an era when there are numerous comprehensive, reputable (French) dictionaries accessible on line.
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