Definition of affranchise in English:

Share this entry

affranchise

Pronunciation: /əˈfran(t)ʃʌɪz/

verb

[with object] archaic
Release from servitude: every slave, after fifteen years, should be affranchised
More example sentences
  • The emperor Hadrian affranchised the city from aurum coronarium and recognized the right to take refuge in there.
  • In the mid 19th century, after the peasantry had been affranchised, a model of Heinrichshof was built by the Duke on his fields.
  • In this way we therefore pray you, gentlemen, to pass such a law which releases and affranchises the Land Company from paying the Stamp duties.

Origin

Late 15th century: from Old French afranchiss-, lengthened stem of afranchir, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + franc 'free'.

Words that rhyme with affranchise

enfranchise, franchise
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.