Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the inscription Rex Francorum (king of the Franks) in medieval French coins.

Examples

  • Derived from the Old French word franc, meaning “free,” it later came to be associated with the most fundamental political freedom of all: to exercise your franchise meant to exercise your right to vote.

    The Sack of Washington

  • But one of the pieces that make up the franc is a Belgian piece, and the shopman refuses it.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Owner Randy Biehl's 2006 cab franc is his first released from estate vines and it shows great promise for the grape in this region.

    Niagara Escarpment Wines

  • Whether or not Finger Lakes reds have yet to arrive as a clear alternative, cabernet franc is widelyconsidered to bethe variety that shows the best quality and consistency of the Vitis viniferareds grown in the region.

    Jason Feulner

  • But Gavin Sacks of Cornell pointed out a larger challenge: cabernet franc is not a hedonistic grape compared to consumer favorites like cabernet sauvignon.

    Finger Lakes Wine Events

  • Exposes more writers and retailers to Finger Lakes cabernet franc from a strong vintage

    Evan Dawson

  • Sadly, cabernet franc is not ever going to be an easy sell.

    Finger Lakes Wine Events

  • This tasting made it pretty clear that cabernet franc is just about an ideal food wine.

    Finger Lakes Wine

  • While cab franc is by far my favorite grape, this wine takes the varietal to whole new level for me.

    Q&A: Josh Wig, General Manager, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

  • Here on Long Island, cabernet franc is all over the map.

    Red, With Envy: Assessing 2007 Finger Lakes Reds

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