Why is it 'un trempage relaxant" when 'trempage" is feminine?

JamesC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Why is it 'un trempage relaxant" when 'trempage" is feminine?

Asked 3 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour James,

'trempage' is masculine (Larousse and Le Petit Robert dictionaries confirm). Most words ending in -age, -ège or -isme are masculine.

See link here: how-to-identify-gender-by-some-word-endings 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

James, did you use wordreference? It is good for many things but has errors and misdirects too. For < trempage > in the French-Anglais listing I see that it’s description is “nf” - however it’s example sentence is < Le trempage dans ce liquide ...  >, and in the Anglais-French it is correctly noted as “nm”. There are other occasions I have found “errors”, some of these may be typographical or editing errors, but some can arise because of differences between French (France) and French (Canada). 

Apart from Larousse and Robert, there is also the Académie Française site which is (surprisingly) easy to use :


( Interesting to note from Laura Lawless is that all French nouns ending -isme are masculine. Unfortunately that relatively small group of nouns is the only completely predictable group for grammatical gender based on spelling. )

Why is it 'un trempage relaxant" when 'trempage" is feminine?

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