Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of western Europe on the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel. It was settled by the Franks after the retreat of the Romans, who had conquered Celtic Gaul in 58-51 B.C. Charlemagne made it the center of his Empire of the West after A.D. 800. In the Middle Ages France was split into numerous fiefdoms and kingdoms, most of which were incorporated into the royal domain by the time of Louis XI (reigned 1461-1483). Widespread poverty and discontent led to the French Revolution (1789) and the end of the monarchy. The First Republic (1792-1804) was followed by the First Empire (1804-1815) under Napoleon Bonaparte, a period of constitutional monarchy (1814-1848), and a succession of republics broken by the Second Empire (1852-1870) under Louis Napoleon. Much of France was occupied by Germany in World War II. Paris is the capital and the largest city. Population: 63,700,000.
  • France, Anatole Pen name of Jacques Anatole François Thibault. 1844-1924. French critic and writer of sophisticated, often satirical short stories and novels, including Penguin Island (1908). He won the 1921 Nobel Prize for literature.

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  • proper n. A country in Western Europe having borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain. Member state of the European Union. Official name: French Republic (République française). Population: 62 million inhabitants.

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  • n. French writer of sophisticated novels and short stories (1844-1924)
  • n. a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe

Etymologies

From French France, Old French France, Latin Francia, from Francī, the name of a Germanic tribe. Etymology of Francī itself is uncertain, but of Proto-Germanic origin, possibly related to Sanskrit firang ("foreign"). Compare Frank. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • COLMAR, FRANCE -- A War of the Worlds is being waged in this little corner of eastern France.

    Science, traditions of Alsatian winemakers collide in France over fanleaf virus

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen pose during the photocall of the movie 'Appaloosa' directed by Ed Harris at the 34th Deauville Film Festival on September 13, 2008 in Deauville, France.

    Archive 2008-10-12

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: American actors Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris attend the screening of the movie 'Appaloosa' on September 13, 2008 at the 34th US Film Festival in Deauville, France.

    Archive 2008-10-12

  • NICOLAS SARKOZY, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE (through translator): On the 6th of May, there was only one victory, that of a France which does not want to die.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2007

  • AIR FRANCE: for low fares to Paris, France and Europe.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • FRANCE The most informative, comprehensive and beautiful English-language magazine covering France is truly the next best thing to being there.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • JACQUES CHIRAC, FRANCE PRESIDENT (through translator): It is important for a big country like France to have its own vision of the world, a broadcaster's vision, naturally in accordance with our traditions -- our idea of civilization of peace, of humanism, and globalization.

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2006

  • FLOYD LANDIS, TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER: I declare convincingly and categorically that my winning the Tour de France has been exclusively due to many years of training and my complete devotion to cycling, to the sacrifice of an entire life to carry out my dream, a dream of thousands of kilometers that I have completed through an absolute respect for the cleanness of this sport.

    CNN Transcript Jul 28, 2006

  • JACQUES CHIRAC, FRANCE (through translator): France is not pacifist.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2003

  • DOMINIQUE DE VILLEPIN, FOREIGN MINISTER OF FRANCE (through translator): First of all, France wishes to reiterate condolences to our American friends after the terrible tragedy that occurred with the space shuttle Columbia.

    CNN Transcript Feb 5, 2003

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  • What is there in Fraunce to be learnd more than in England, but falshood in fellowship, perfect slouenrie, to loue no man but for my pleasure, to sweare Ah par la mort Dieu when a mans hammes are scabd.

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    April 14, 2010