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

  • transitive v. To cut (green beans, for example) into thin strips before cooking.
  • transitive v. To trim fat or bone from (a chop, for example).
  • transitive v. Slang To give a French kiss to.
  • transitive v. Vulgar Slang To perform oral sex on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To prepare food by cutting it into strips.
  • 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

  • adj. Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
  • n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to France, a country of western Europe, or to its inhabitants. Often abbreviated Fr.
  • Foreign; from a distant or foreign land; hence, strange; uncommon; rare.
  • a variety of grenadine used for ladies' dresses and very durable.
  • Baldness produced by what was called the French disease (morbus Gallicus). Hence used with equivocation.
  • n. The language spoken by the people of France.
  • n. Collectively, the people of France.
  • To prepare according to the French mode.
  • To dress, as a chop, by partly freeing the bones.
  • In metallurgy, to carry out the last step in the refining of metallic antimony, by which ‘bowl metal’ is converted into ‘star metal.’
  • [lowercase] In botany, to appear distorted and unnatural, owing to some abnormal condition of the plant. See frenching.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or pertaining to France or the people of France
  • n. the people of France
  • n. the Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France
  • v. cut (e.g, beans) lengthwise in preparation for cooking
  • n. United States sculptor who created the seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1850-1931)


From French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English French, Frens(c)h from Old English frencisc ("of the Franks, Frankish, French"), from Franca ("a Frank"). Compare Old High German Franko ("a Frank"), akin to Old English franca ("javelin, spear"), from the use of such weapons by the Franks. (Wiktionary)



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