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Princeton's WordNet

  1. francnoun

    the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 centimes


  1. francnoun

    former unit of currency of France, Belgium and Luxembourg, replaced by the euro.

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

  2. francnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Francadjective

    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.]


  1. Franc

    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

  1. Franc

    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

  1. Franc

    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

  1. FRANC

    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

  1. franc

    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

  1. Franc

    A silver coin of Franconia or France.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of franc in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of franc in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of franc in a Sentence

  1. Credit Suisse:

    As other banks have been doing for some time, Credit Suisse is introducing negative interest rates for clients with very high Swiss franc cash holdings, the reason for this is the persistent negative interest rate environment.

  2. Tim Mueller:

    Nobody who was involved in the franc on Jan. 15 will ever forget that one, what the move was like, i've been doing this for nearly 28 years and that was a unique move.

  3. Steve Barrow:

    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.

  4. Marek Sawicki:

    In my opinion, if we're not helping zloty-denominated mortgage holders (as well), then we can't put the entire burden of helping Swiss franc mortgage holders on banks, i think that if we're going to implement this bill, then we should return to the 50/50 split.

  5. Cephas Forichi:

    That measure can end up increasing imports by mining companies, which might then counter the (government's) move of trying to increase the value of the franc.

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    a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
    • A. purse
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