Pronunciation: [a(n) soo fra(n)s]
Meaning: pending, awaiting delivery
Literal translation: in suffering
Notes: The French expression en souffrance is usually a lot less painful than it sounds, as it just means « pending » or « awaiting delivery. » On the other hand, if you’re waiting in agony for medicine, news of a loved one, or test results, en souffrancemight be a lot more appropriate than its English translation.
Votre commande est en souffrance
Your order is held up/awaiting delivery.
Voici les dossiers en souffrance.
Here are the pending files.