Meaning of n'est-ce pas in English:

n'est-ce pas

Pronunciation /ˌnɛs(ə) ˈpa/ /ˌnɛs ˈpɑː/


  • ‘Is it not so?’ Used especially to emphasize the truth or probability of the preceding statement.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Tom Taylor (1817–1880), playwright and comic writer. From French n'est-ce pas ‘is it not (so)?’ from ne not + est is + ce it + pas, negative particle, specifically use of pas.