from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Table at currency.
- n. The primary unit of currency in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Monaco before the adoption of the euro.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. former unit of currency of France, Belgium and Luxembourg, replaced by the euro.
- n. Any of several units of currency, some of which are multi-national (West African CFA Franc (XOF), Central African CFA Franc (XAF), the Swiss Franc (CHF)) while others are national currencies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A silver coin of France, and since 1795 the unit of the French monetary system. It has been adopted by Belgium and Swizerland. In 1913 it was equivalent to about nineteen cents American, or ten pence British, and is divided into 100 centimes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Either of two ancient coins in France: one, of gold (the franc à cheval, the obverse being a horseman), first coined by John the Good in 1360; the other, of silver, by Henry III. in 1575.
- n. A French silver coin and money of account which since 1795 has formed the unit of the French monetary system.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 centimes
Middle English frank, French gold coin, from Old French franc, from Medieval Latin Francōrum (rēx), (king) of the Franks (from the legend on the first of these coins), genitive pl. of Francus, Frank; see Frank.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the inscription Rex Francorum (king of the Franks) in medieval French coins. (Wiktionary)