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Frank

[frangk, frahngk; Russian, frahnk; German frahngk] /fræŋk, frɑŋk; Russian, frɑnk; German frɑŋk/
noun
1.
Anne, 1929–45, German Jewish girl who died in Belsen concentration camp in Germany: her diaries about her family hiding from Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44) published in 1947.
2.
Ilya Mikhailovich
[ee-lyah myi-khahy-luh-vyich] /iˌlyɑ myɪˈxaɪ lə vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
1908–90, Russian physicist: Nobel Prize 1958.
3.
Leonhard
[ley-awn-hahrt] /ˈleɪ ɔn hɑrt/ (Show IPA),
1882–1961, German novelist.
4.
Robert, born 1924, U.S. photographer and filmmaker, born in Switzerland.
5.
Waldo, 1889–1967, U.S. novelist and social critic.
6.
a male given name, form of Francis or Franklin.
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British Dictionary definitions for a frank

frank

/fræŋk/
adjective
1.
honest and straightforward in speech or attitude: a frank person
2.
outspoken or blunt
3.
open and avowed; undisguised: frank interest
4.
an obsolete word for free, generous
verb (transitive)
5.
(mainly Brit) to put a mark on (a letter, parcel, etc), either cancelling the postage stamp or in place of a stamp, ensuring free carriage See also postmark
6.
to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an official mark or signature, indicating the right of free delivery
7.
to facilitate or assist (a person) to come and go, pass, or enter easily
8.
to obtain immunity for or exempt (a person)
noun
9.
an official mark or signature affixed to a letter, parcel, etc, ensuring free delivery or delivery without stamps
10.
the privilege, issued to certain people and establishments, entitling them to delivery without postage stamps
Derived Forms
frankable, adjective
franker, noun
frankness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French franc, from Medieval Latin francus free; identical with Frank (in Frankish Gaul only members of this people enjoyed full freedom)

Frank1

/fræŋk/
noun
1.
a member of a group of West Germanic peoples who spread from the east bank of the middle Rhine into the Roman Empire in the late 4th century ad, gradually conquering most of Gaul and Germany. The Franks achieved their greatest power under Charlemagne
Word Origin
Old English Franca; related to Old High German Franko; perhaps from the name of a typical Frankish weapon (compare Old English franca javelin)

Frank2

/Dutch fraŋk/
noun
1.
Anne. 1929–45, German Jewess, whose Diary (1947) recorded the experiences of her family while in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44). They were betrayed and she died in a concentration camp
2.
Robert. born 1924, US photographer and film maker, born in Switzerland; best known for his photographic book The Americans (1959)
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Word Origin and History for a frank

frank

adj.

c.1300, "free, liberal, generous," from Old French franc "free (not servile), sincere, genuine, open, gracious; worthy" (12c.), from Medieval Latin Franc "a freeman, a Frank" (see Frank). The connection is that only Franks, as the conquering class, had the status of freemen. Sense of "outspoken" first recorded in English 1540s.

n.

short for frankfurter, by 1916, American English. Franks and beans attested by 1953.

v.

"to free a letter for carriage or an article for publication," 1708, from shortened form of French affranchir, from the same source as frank (adj.). Related: Franked; franking.

Frank

one of the Germanic people that conquered Celtic Gaul from the Romans c.500 C.E. and made it into France, from Frankish *Frank (cf. Old High German Franko, Old English Franca). The origin of the ethnic name is uncertain; it traditionally is said to be from the old Germanic word *frankon "javelin, lance" (cf. Old English franca), their preferred weapon, but the reverse may be the case. Cf. also Saxon, traditionally from root of Old English seax "knife." In the Levant, this was the name given to anyone of Western nationality (cf. Feringhee).

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a frank in Medicine

frank (frānk)
adj. frank·er, frank·est
Clearly manifest; clinically evident.

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Slang definitions & phrases for a frank

frank

noun

A frankfurter; weenie (1920s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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