A landowner of free but not noble birth in the 14th and 15th centuries in England.
More 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).
Definition of franklin in:
- The US English dictionary