American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A privilege or right officially granted a person or a group by a government, especially:
- n. The constitutional or statutory right to vote.
- n. The establishment of a corporation's existence.
- n. The granting of certain rights and powers to a corporation.
- n. Legal immunity from servitude, certain burdens, or other restrictions.
- n. Authorization granted to someone to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a certain area.
- n. A business or group of businesses established or operated under such authorization.
- n. A brand name under which a series of products is released.
- n. The territory or limits within which immunity, a privilege, or a right may be exercised.
- n. A professional sports team.
- v. To grant a franchise to.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Liberty; freedom from constraint or subjection; independence; enfranchisement.
- n. A privilege arising from the grant of a sovereign or government, or from prescription, which presupposes a grant; a privilege of a public nature conferred on individuals by grant from government: as, a corporate franchise (the right to be and act as a corporation).
- n. Specifically, the privilege of voting at public elections; the right of suffrage: distinctively called the elective franchise.
- n. The district or jurisdiction to which a particular individual or corporate privilege extends; the limits of an immunity.
- n. An asylum or sanctuary where persons are secure from arrest.
- n. Nobility of spirit; generosity; highmindedness; magnanimity; liberality.
- To make free; enfranchise.
- n. A privilege or grant extended by a municipal corporation to a private corporation or person, as the right to maintain a street-railway, to use streets for water- or gas-mains, etc.
- v. transitive To confer certain powers on; grant a franchise to; authorize.
- v. transitive, rare To set free; invest with a franchise or privilege; enfranchise.
- n. A right or privilege officially granted to a person, a group of people, or a company by a government.
- n. An acknowledgment of a corporation's existence and ownership.
- n. The authorization granted by a company to sell or distribute its goods or services in a certain area.
- n. A business operating under such authorization.
- n. A legal exemption from jurisdiction.
- n. The membership of a corporation or state; citizenship.
- n. The right to vote at a public election.
- n. sports The collection of organizations in the history of a sports team; the tradition of a sports team as an entity, extending beyond the contemporary organization.
- n. business, marketing The positive influence on the buying behavior of customers exerted by the reputation of a company or a brand.
- n. The loose collection of fictional works pertaining to a particular universe, including literary, film, or television series from various sources.
- n. obsolete Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty.
- n. (LAw) A particular privilege conferred by grant from a sovereign or a government, and vested in individuals; an immunity or exemption from ordinary jurisdiction; a constitutional or statutory right or privilege, esp. the right to vote.
- n. The district or jurisdiction to which a particular privilege extends; the limits of an immunity; hence, an asylum or sanctuary.
- n. obsolete, obsolete Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
- v. To make free; to enfranchise; to give liberty to.
- n. a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
- v. grant a franchise to
- n. an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
- n. a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area
- From Middle English, from Old French franchise ("freedom"), a derivative of franc ("free"). More at frank. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fraunchise, from Old French franchise, from franche, feminine of franc, free, exempt; see frank1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The phrase "franchise quarterback" suggests to me someone who can consistently carry the team, and I don't think Sanchez is there yet.”
“Every product related to the franchise is awaited with bated breath.”
“The one thing I hope makes it back into the franchise is the bigger stories about humanity and morality that existed in the original series.”
“The future for this franchise is anything but clear.”
“If you look closely at the Detroit Stanley Cup Finals roster, particularly at youngsters like Jonathan Ericsson and Helm, it's clear why this franchise is the envy of most teams around the NHL.”
“I may not approve of all that Jones has done but seeing Al Davis in Oakland year after year destroying a franchise is a travesty.”
“I respect film critics in what they do, but with what that said, and particularly in this case, I think that this franchise is accomplishing what it set out to do, which is to please the fans, Welch says.”
“What if the franchise is already buried six feet under?”
“Allen Iverson — "The impact that he had on the franchise is amazing; one of he most electrifying players in the history of the NBA.”
“The fact that they want to reboot the franchise is a little upsetting.”
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