franc

[frangk; French frahn]
noun, plural francs [frangks; French frahn] .
1.
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.
2.
any of the monetary units of various other nations and territories, as Liechtenstein, Martinique, Senegal, Switzerland, and Tahiti, equal to 100 centimes.
3.
a former silver coin of France, first issued under Henry III.
4.
a former monetary unit of Algeria, Guinea, and Morocco.

Origin:
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

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franc (fræŋk, French frɑ̃)
 
n
1.  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
2.  the former standard monetary unit of Belgium (Belgian franc) and Luxembourg (Luxembourg franc), divided into 100 centimes; replaced by the euro in 2002
3.  Also called: Swiss franc the standard monetary unit of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, divided into 100 centimes
4.  franc CFA, CFA franc, Also called: 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
5.  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)

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franc
late 14c., from M.L. Francorum Rex "King of the Franks," inscribed on gold coins first made during the reign of Jean le Bon (1350-64).
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Example sentences
The few that remain are staffed by weaklings who extort a few pennies worth of
  francs or a couple of cigarettes.
Victorine will come in for her brother's money, a snug fifteen thousand francs
  a year.
Then there is that whipper-snapper of a student, who gives me a couple of
  francs.
They are said to have a capital in reserve of well over a hundred million
  francs.
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