Definition of franklin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfraNGklən/


A landowner of free but not noble birth in the 14th and 15th centuries in England.
Example sentences
  • Hoping to gain more vassals, they put the franklins - free landowners not of the noble class - in a difficult and dangerous position.
  • Will Tyler take franklins help and be forced to join the man that was behind his father's murder?


Middle English: from Anglo-Latin francalanus, from francalis 'held without dues', from francus 'free' (see frank1).

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Syllabification: frank·lin

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