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Aug 23, 2007 02:53 PM

leelay or lillette?

Ive had people in France tell me it is pronounced both ways and appear quite certain that their way was the correct one. Anyone have a definitive answer?

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  1. I've only ever heard it pronounced leelay - love Lillet Blanc w/ a twist of lime, though I know orange is traditional.

    1. I've heared leelay and leellay and I say leellay but I'm not expert.

      1. Lillet.

        Oh, sorry -- it's leel-lay

        1. I was just in Paris and ordered this for the first time- loved it and was trying to find out more so I came to this website. So, at Le Tour D'Argent they say "Lillette" and when I checked with a local he also pronounced it this way...

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          1. re: nccarlisle

            Were you speaking English with the waiters at TdA or French?

          2. Wow. zin1953 versus Tour D'Argent. I don't know what to believe.

            But standard French pronounciation would side with zin, no?

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            1. re: mhoffman

              For it to be pronounced lil-let (as in "Let it be"), it would have to be spelled "Lilette" OR "Lillët" (as in Moët & Chandon is properly pronouced "Moe" [as in the Three Stooges] and "ette" [as in someone's dinette set]), but standard French pronouncation -- and the way I've always heard it pronounced in France -- is "lil-lay."

              C'est la vie . . .