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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of France or its people or culture.
  • adj. Of or relating to the French language.
  • n. The Romance language of France, parts of Switzerland and Belgium, and other countries formerly under French influence or control.
  • n. The people of France.
  • n. Slang Coarse or vulgar language: Pardon my French.
  • French, Daniel Chester 1850-1931. American sculptor whose many public statues include the seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Romance language spoken primarily in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Valle d'Aosta and many former French colonies.
  • n. People of France, collectively.
  • n. Vulgar language.
  • adj. Of or relating to France.
  • adj. Of or relating to the people or culture of France.
  • adj. Of or relating to the French language.
  • v. To kiss (another person) while inserting one’s tongue into the other person's mouth.
  • v. To kiss in this manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The language spoken in France.
  • proper n. Collectively, the people of France.


Middle English, from Old English frencisc, Frankish, from Franca, Frank; see Frank.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English Frenche, Frensch, Frensc, Frenkisch, Franche, from Old English frencisc ("French", literally "Frankish"), equivalent to Frank +‎ -ish. Cognate with Danish fransk ("French"), Swedish fransk, fransysk ("French"), Icelandic franska ("French"). Compare Frankish. (Wiktionary)


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