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francophone Line breaks: franco|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈfraŋkə(ʊ)fəʊn/

Definition of francophone in English:


French-speaking: a summit of francophone countries
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  • Two self-assessment benchmarks are used: the perceived language proficiency of francophone peers and the difficulty represented by specific everyday tasks in French.
  • It is also taught as a second language in francophone countries.
  • This suggests that if the conditions surrounding contact do matter, then the contact between anglophone and francophone Canadians that has taken place has occurred more often under favourable than under unfavourable conditions.


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A person who speaks French.
Example sentences
  • This strategy serves to maintain the boundaries between anglophones and francophones.
  • Rather it exists as a continuum, from long-established unilingual anglophones broadly similar to anglophones in Ontario through bilinguals of various kinds to francophones using English as a second language.
  • This is especially important in areas where francophones intermarry with anglophones and are incapable of transmitting the French language to their children.


Early 20th century: from Franco- 'French' + Greek phōnē 'voice'.

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