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[frangk; French frahn] /fræŋk; French frɑ̃/
noun, plural francs
[frangks; French frahn] /fræŋks; French frɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
an aluminum or nickel coin and monetary unit of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 centimes.
Abbreviation: F., f., Fr, fr.
any of the monetary units of various other nations and territories, as Liechtenstein, Martinique, Senegal, Switzerland, and Tahiti, equal to 100 centimes.
a former silver coin of France, first issued under Henry III.
a former monetary unit of Algeria, Guinea, and Morocco.
Origin of franc
1350-1400; Middle English frank < Old French franc, so called because the coin was first inscribed with the name of the king as Medieval Latin Rēx Francōrum King of the Franks Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But misfortunes thickened, and in two years she had lost nearly every franc.

    Great Singers, First Series George T. Ferris
  • With that franc you might have put a fine lot of butter on every round of bread.

  • There Mr. Holiday, after giving him a franc, thanked him for his politeness, and bade him good bye.

    Rollo in Geneva Jacob Abbott
  • That one can get an excellent bottle of wine in france for a franc.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • He pursed up his lips and pulled out some hundred franc notes, which he pushed into Andrews's hand.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • If only the restorer of the Tower of Augustus were around, he'd come in for a franc too.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • The pay was too small for him to save anything, and so the poor widow was left without a franc.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
British Dictionary definitions for franc


/fræŋk; French frɑ̃/
Also called French franc. the former standard monetary unit of France, most French dependencies, Andorra, and Monaco, divided into 100 centimes; replaced by the euro in 2002
the former standard monetary unit of Belgium (Belgian franc) and Luxembourg (Luxembourg franc), divided into 100 centimes; replaced by the euro in 2002
Also called Swiss franc. the standard monetary unit of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, divided into 100 centimes
Also called franc CFA, CFA franc, franc of the African financial community. the standard monetary unit, comprising 100 centimes, of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo
the standard monetary unit of Burundi (Burundi franc), Comoros (Comorian franc), Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre; Congolese franc), Djibouti (Djibouti franc), Guinea (Guinea franc), Madagascar (franc malgache), Rwanda (Rwanda franc), and French Polynesia and New Caledonia (French Pacific franc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for franc

French coin, late 14c., from Medieval Latin Francorum Rex "King of the Franks," inscribed on gold coins first made during the reign of Jean le Bon (1350-64). An official monetary unit of France from 1795.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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