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French fries

plural noun
thin strips of potato that have been deep-fried.
Also called French-fried potatoes.
Origin of French fries


or french-fry

[french-frahy] /ˈfrɛntʃˌfraɪ/
verb (used with object), French-fried, French-frying.
to fry in deep fat:
to French-fry onion rings.
1925-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Hoiman sighed, reminiscently, and a grimy paw swooped into my French fries.

  • Sherry came back with Hoiman's two bottles of beer, and my steak and French fries.

  • I swear my eyes weren't away from the table for more than a half second, but in that moment all the French fries left my plate.

  • The steak was a dream, and the French fries were a crisp, rich golden brown that started my mouth watering.

Word Origin and History for French fries

1903, American English, earlier French fried potatoes (by 1883). French frieds (1944) never caught on. Simple short form fries attested by 1973. In the Upper Midwest of the U.S., sometimes called American fries (1950).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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