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Frank

[frangk, frahngk; Russian, frahnk; German frahngk]
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] , 1908–90, Russian physicist: Nobel Prize 1958.
3.
Leonhard [ley-awn-hahrt] , 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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frank (fræŋk)
 
adj
1.  honest and straightforward in speech or attitude: a frank person
2.  outspoken or blunt
3.  open and avowed; undisguised: frank interest
4.  free an obsolete word for generous
 
vb
5.  chiefly (Brit) See also postmark to put a mark on (a letter, parcel, etc), either cancelling the postage stamp or in place of a stamp, ensuring free carriage
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)
 
n
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
 
[C13: from Old French franc, from Medieval Latin francus free; identical with Frank (in Frankish Gaul only members of this people enjoyed full freedom)]
 
'frankable
 
adj
 
'franker
 
n
 
'frankness
 
n

Frank1 (fræŋk)
 
n
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
 
[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)
 
n
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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frank
c.1300, from O.Fr. franc "free, sincere, genuine," from M.L. Franc "a freeman, a Frank," one of the Germanic people that conquered Celtic Gaul from the Romans c.500 C.E. and called it France, from Frankish *Frank (cf. O.H.G. Franko, O.E. Franca). The connection is that only Franks, as the conquering
class, had the status of freemen. Sense of "outspoken" first recorded in English 1540s. The origin of the ethnic name is uncertain; it traditionally is said to be from the old Germanic word *frankon "javelin, lance" (cf. O.E. franca; also Saxon, traditionally from root of O.E. seax "knife"), their preferred weapon, but the opposite may be the case. In the Levant, this was the name given to anyone of Western nationality (cf. Feringhee). Verbal sense of "to free a letter for carriage or an article for publication" (1708) is from Fr. affranchir, from the same source.
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frank (frānk)
adj. frank·er, frank·est
Clearly manifest; clinically evident.

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