Definitions

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

  • n. A French-speaking person, especially in a region where two or more languages are spoken.
  • adj. French-speaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. French-speaking.
  • n. A person who speaks French.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Able to communicate in the French language; -- used especially of those whose native language is French.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who speaks the French language.

Etymologies

Altered and reinterpreted from French Francophonie, with semantic influence from Latin Franco- ("French") + Ancient Greek φωνή (phōnē), Franco- + -phone (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • «I am going to see if we can create a community that supports in a very special way what we call the Francophone community, » he said.

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  • "I am going to see if we can create a community that supports in a very special way what we call the Francophone community," he said.

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  • Canadian Jews also have a particular concern about folk anti-semitism in Francophone Quebec.

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  • One is bound to ask the question: if it is good enough for the likes of the Centre de Développement Africain Francophone, The Peru Support Group, Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and Lithuania Link, then it really ought to be good enough for us.

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  • Consequently, any company or individual in Francophone Canada who does not possess a facility in English is handicapped; more or less of course depending on his ambitions, and the scope of his activity.

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  • It’d probably only work in Francophone countries …

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  • Eighteen percent of the 391 interviewees self-identified as Francophone, while seven percent self-identified as Aboriginal.

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  • "Francophone" adding that "Bantuphone" would be a better reference, denoting the mainly central African countries which have the Bantu languages in common.

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  • The 'Francophone' term refers to people whose cultural background is primarily associated with French language, regardless of ethnic and geographical differences.

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  • The first Conference took place in Paris at President Pompidou's invitation and the last meeting, the seventieth - for the summits were convened every year until 1988 - was in Libreville, in October 1992. 35 delegations attended amongst whom 11 were of non French-speaking countries (Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese-speaking countries) Apart from France, there is no other non-African country taking part in these Summits, as opposed to "Francophone" Summits, attended by countries such as Canada, Lebanon or Belgium.

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