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Francophile

[frang-kuh-fahyl] /ˈfræŋ kəˌfaɪl/
adjective
1.
friendly to or having a strong liking for France or the French.
noun
2.
a person who is friendly to or has a strong admiration of France or the French.
Also, Francophil
[frang-kuh-fil] /ˈfræŋ kə fɪl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of Francophile
1885-1890
1885-90; Franco- + -phile
Related forms
Francophilia
[frang-kuh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh] /ˌfræŋ kəˈfɪl i ə, -ˈfil yə/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • Craven stood for the past, he was a link with the life the Francophile Arab was reluctantly surrendering.

  • I should say the same had it been Anglophile or Francophile.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
British Dictionary definitions for Francophile

Francophile

/ˈfræŋkəʊˌfaɪl/
noun
1.
a person who admires France and the French
adjective
2.
marked by or possessing admiration of France and the French
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Word Origin and History for Francophile
adj.

1875, from Franco- + -phile. "A newspaper word" [OED]. Its opposite, Francophobe, is recorded from 1890 (implied in Francophobic; Francophobia is from 1862).

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