Definitions for franc
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word franc.
the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 centimes
former unit of currency of France, Belgium and Luxembourg, replaced by the euro.
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.
Etymology: From the inscription Rex Francorum (king of the Franks) in medieval French coins.
The franc is any of various units of currency. One franc is typically divided into 100 centimes. The name is said to derive from the Latin inscription francorum rex (King of the Franks) used on early French coins and until the 18th century, or from the French franc, meaning "frank" (and "free" in certain contexts, such as coup franc, "free kick"). The countries that use francs today include Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and most of Francophone Africa. The Swiss franc is a major world currency today due to the prominence of Swiss financial institutions. Before the introduction of the euro in 1999, francs were also used in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, while Andorra and Monaco accepted the French franc as legal tender (Monégasque franc). The franc was also used within the French Empire's colonies, including Algeria and Cambodia. The franc is sometimes Italianised or Hispanicised as the franco, for instance in Luccan franco.
A franc is a basic unit of currency in some countries, including Switzerland and formerly in France and Belgium. It has often been divided into subunits known as centimes. The term derives from the fact that the original French franc coin was minted in gold at the weight of the "franc à cheval" (a medieval French coin).
a silver coin of France, and since 1795 the unit of the French monetary system. It has been adopted by Belgium and Swizerland. It is equivalent to about nineteen cents, or ten pence, and is divided into 100 centimes
Etymology: [F., fr. franc a Franc. See Frank, a.]
The franc is the name of several currency units. The French franc was the former currency of France until the euro was adopted in 1999. The Swiss franc is a major world currency today due to the prominence of Swiss financial institutions. The name is said to derive from the Latin inscription francorum rex on early French coins, or from the French franc, meaning "free". The countries that use francs include Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and most of the Francophone countries of Africa. Before the introduction of the euro, francs were also used in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, while Andorra and Monaco accepted the French franc as legal tender. The franc was also used within the French Empire's colonies, including Algeria and Cambodia. The franc is sometimes italianised or hispanicised as the franco, for instance in Luccan franco. One franc is typically divided into 100 centimes. The French franc symbol was an F with a line through it or, more frequently, only an F.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
frangk, n. a French silver coin, forming since 1795 the unit of the French monetary system, and now also used in Belgium, Switzerland, equal to fully 9½d. sterling, the equivalent of the Italian lira, the Greek drachma. [O. Fr. franc, from the legend Francorum rex on the first coins.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a silver coin 835/1000 fine, the monetary unity of France since 1799, weighs 5 grammes and equals about 9½ d. in English currency (£1 = 25.3 francs); has been adopted by Belgium and Switzerland, while under other names a similar coin is in use in Spain (peseta), Italy (lira), and Greece (drachma).
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Twenty cents, in French. FRANKFURTERS Four for twenty, in German. Derived from _frank_, open, and _fortitude_, meaning brave. Sold in the open and eaten by the brave.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A French silver coin of the value of 9-1/2d., and consisting of 100 centimes. The 20-franc piece in gold, formerly called Louis, now Napoleon, is current for 15s. 10-1/2d. English.
Etymology and Origins
A silver coin of Franconia or France.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Franc is ranked #48800 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Franc surname appeared 432 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Franc.
85.1% or 368 total occurrences were White.
6.7% or 29 total occurrences were Black.
5.5% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.3% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of franc in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of franc in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
This is especially important at the moment, as upward pressure on the Swiss franc has intensified once again.
If you look at the breakdown of franc performance since the start of the year, it is clear that franc underperformance has been concentrated versus the high beta currencies and sterling in particular.
It's just a question of time. It won't be too long before the market gets to see the deflationary impact of the strength of the franc after today's move.
With interest rates at zero, the minimum exchange rate is the key instrument to avoid an undesirable tightening of monetary conditions, this is especially important at the moment, as upward pressure on the Swiss franc has intensified once again.
It's not panic but there has been volatility across the board, in FX, in commodities, in bonds and in stocks this week, for a developed G10 currency, the 20 percent move in the Swiss franc (this week) was extraordinary.
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- francCatalan, Valencian
- Franken, FrancGerman
- FrangLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- Swis bikéyah bi-fwąNavajo, Navaho
- frȁnak, фра̏накSerbo-Croatian
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