Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • FRENCH FILM: "AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN," Jacques Rivette's 2009 story of a woman whose family owns a traveling circus that she has decided to rejoin, in French with English subtitles. 8 p.m.,

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  • "WELCOME" FRENCH FILM, by Philippe Lioret, about two couples contending with issues of separation and dislocation (in French with English subtitles). 6: 30 p.m.,

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  • • Relatively high french birthrate you find is NOT distinguishing between muslim and non-muslim French women.

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  • Not just having french ancestry, I mean that he was born and raised in France and was an exchange student at our University and speaks mostly in French.

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  • Photo: An invigorating faith in dinner: Wells and the ingredients for a masterpiece (STEVE GOLDSTEIN; FOOD STYLING BY CLAUDIA McQUILLAN) A FRENCH CHEF JUICES UP THE CLASSICSThree and a half years ago, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the Alsatian-born chef at an expensive French restaurant in New York's Drake Hotel, woke up bleary and decided a glass of fresh carrot juice was just what he needed as an eye-opener.

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  • It is you Jeff by ASSIMILATING some behaviour of some french with the whole French population who is activating this flame War.

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  • You can find french recipes by searching the internet or buying a French recipe book.

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  • When he found out the fast-food chain "Cubbie's" in Beaufort, N.C., had scrapped french fries in lieu of Freedom Fries, Mr. Jones helped bring them to the Capitol in a statement condemning French opposition to the war.

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  • NICOLAS SARKOZY, FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (through translator): The French have expressed their desire not to let anyone else make their decisions for them.

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  • FRANCOIS FILLON, FRENCH PRIME MINISTER (through translation): The operation conducted by the Zoe's Ark was reprehensible and the French government condemns it.

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