Definitions

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

  • n. Used as a courtesy title in a German-speaking area before the surname or professional title of an adult woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In Germany, a woman; a married woman; a wife; -- as a title, equivalent to Mrs., Madam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In German use, a woman; a married woman; a wife; lady; as a title, Madame; Mrs.: as, Frau Schultze.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a German courtesy title or form of address for an adult woman

Etymologies

German, from Middle High German vrowe, from Old High German frouwa; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The surname "Frauenlob" is said to have been given to him because in a poetic contest with the poet Barthel Regenbogen he maintained that the term Frau (in the sense of "lady", "mistress") was superior to

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • His Boheme in Santa Fe this year was atrocious, and this Frau is only slightly better.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • SOCHAUX GOAL: Pierre-Alain Frau in the 12th minute

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  • Pierre-Alain Frau (PENALTY GOAL) in the 79th minute

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  • SOCHAUX GOAL: Pierre-Alain Frau in the 40th minute

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  • SOCHAUX GOAL: Pierre-Alain Frau in the 10th minute

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  • Mickael Llorente, M (85) Pierre-Alain Frau, S (46)

    French Soccer League (Le Championat) - Montpellier vs. Sochaux

  • They would test every gene in Frau H. 's cancer cells until they found the one that made the marker recognized by her T cells.

    Vaccinating Against Cancer

  • Every one of these genes came to light in Frau H. 's cancer cells before being found in other people's normal cells, and all were ferreted out using Frau H. 's T cells.

    Vaccinating Against Cancer

  • (Grandmother never could say "Frau" - and as if she didn't know what else was in the basket!) "Vell, Mrs. Van, dere is meppe some eks, und a dook - und also dere is left von fine stuffed geese."

    The Long Ago

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