Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A country of western Europe. It was settled by the Franks after the retreat of the Romans, who had conquered Celtic Gaul in 58–51 BC. Though Charlemagne incorporated it into his Empire of the West after AD 800, France was eventually split into numerous fiefdoms and principalities, many of which were not incorporated into the royal domain until the time of Louis XI (reigned 1461–1483). Widespread poverty and discontent led to the French Revolution (1789) and the end of the monarchy. The First Republic (1792–1804) was followed by the First Empire (1804–1815) under Napoleon I, a period of constitutional monarchy (1814–1848), and a succession of republics broken by the Second Empire (1852–1870) under Napoleon III. Much of France was occupied by Germany in World War II. Paris is the capital and the largest city.
  • Anatole,French critic and writer of sophisticated, often satirical short stories and novels, including Penguin Island (1908). He won the 1921 Nobel Prize for literature.

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  • proper noun A country in Western Europe having borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain. Member state of the European Union. Official name: French Republic (République française). Population: 62 million inhabitants.

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  • noun French writer of sophisticated novels and short stories (1844-1924)
  • noun a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe

Etymologies

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From French France, Old French France, Latin Francia, from Francī, the name of a Germanic tribe. Etymology of Francī itself is uncertain, but of Proto-Germanic origin, possibly related to Sanskrit firang ("foreign"). Compare Frank.

Examples

  • COLMAR, FRANCE -- A War of the Worlds is being waged in this little corner of eastern France.

    Science, traditions of Alsatian winemakers collide in France over fanleaf virus

  • COLMAR, FRANCE -- A War of the Worlds is being waged in this little corner of eastern France.

    Science, traditions of Alsatian winemakers collide in France over fanleaf virus

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen pose during the photocall of the movie 'Appaloosa' directed by Ed Harris at the 34th Deauville Film Festival on September 13, 2008 in Deauville, France.

    Appaloosa review

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen pose during the photocall of the movie 'Appaloosa' directed by Ed Harris at the 34th Deauville Film Festival on September 13, 2008 in Deauville, France.

    Archive 2008-10-12

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: American actors Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris attend the screening of the movie 'Appaloosa' on September 13, 2008 at the 34th US Film Festival in Deauville, France.

    Archive 2008-10-12

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen pose during the photocall of the movie 'Appaloosa' directed by Ed Harris at the 34th Deauville Film Festival on September 13, 2008 in Deauville, France.

    Archive 2008-10-12

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: American actors Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris attend the screening of the movie 'Appaloosa' on September 13, 2008 at the 34th US Film Festival in Deauville, France.

    Appaloosa review

  • DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen pose during the photocall of the movie 'Appaloosa' directed by Ed Harris at the 34th Deauville Film Festival on September 13, 2008 in Deauville, France.

    Appaloosa review

  • NICOLAS SARKOZY, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE (through translator): On the 6th of May, there was only one victory, that of a France which does not want to die.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2007

  • AIR FRANCE: for low fares to Paris, France and Europe.

    French Word-A-Day:

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  • What is there in Fraunce to be learnd more than in England, but falshood in fellowship, perfect slouenrie, to loue no man but for my pleasure, to sweare Ah par la mort Dieu when a mans hammes are scabd.

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    April 14, 2010