There are 4 definitions of Frank in English:

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noun

  • 1A member of a Germanic people that conquered Gaul in the 6th century and controlled much of western Europe for several centuries afterwards.
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    • As Roman Christians, the Franks eventually helped conquer and convert the Goths and other barbarians in western Europe.
    • Between the fourth and eighth centuries A.D., most of both portions were conquered by the Franks.
    • The Franks and other Germanic tribes were never absorbed into the Roman world, rather, they added a Germanic impression to that world.
  • 1.1 dated (In the eastern Mediterranean region) a person of western European nationality or descent.
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    • Since the eighth century most probably the designations Franks and Frankish extended beyond the boundaries of the Frankish tribe.

Origin

Old English Franca, of Germanic origin; perhaps from the name of a weapon and related to Old English franca 'javelin' (compare with Saxon); reinforced in Middle English by medieval Latin Francus and Old French Franc, of the same origin and related to French.

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There are 4 definitions of Frank in English:

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adjective

  • 1Open, honest, and direct in speech or writing, especially when dealing with unpalatable matters: a long and frank discussion to be perfectly frank, I don’t know
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    • Without these, it was difficult to engage in open and frank discussions of professional matters.
    • We had very frank discussions on the matters at hand and there are differences of opinion.
    • In general, focus group discussions consisted of honest, open and frank opinions of what the students thought about the class.
    Synonyms
    candid, direct, forthright, plain, plain-spoken, straight, straightforward, straight from the shoulder, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unvarnished, bald, to the point, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact; open, honest, truthful, sincere, guileless, artless; outspoken, bluff, blunt, brutal, unsparing, not afraid to call a spade a spade
    informal upfront, warts and all, on the level
    North American informal on the up and up
    archaic round, free-spoken
  • 1.1Open, sincere, or undisguised: Kate looked at Sam with frank admiration
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    • He had been smiling when he walked in, only now his eyes wandered down my frame with frank admiration that my cheeks burned.
    • The young pro-reform forces admire his righteous, sincere and frank personality which makes him fearless in the face of authority and willing to speak for disadvantaged groups.
    • I want to be as frank and sincere as possible in trying to address what I believe are some of the fundamental problems and what I think some of the possible solutions to them could be.
  • 1.2 Medicine Unmistakable; obvious: frank ulceration
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    • On examination, a frank abscess was not seen, and she was admitted for intravenous antibiotic treatment.
    • When electrocardiographic abnormalities occur in association with chest pain but in the absence of frank infarction, they confer prognostic significance.
    • Difficulties with word usage are rare in persons with Huntington's disease, as are frank aphasia or impairments in semantic memory.

Derivatives

frankness

noun
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  • Openness and frankness from the start could have prevented it.
  • His traits of honesty and frankness are always appreciated.
  • These days the arguments in favour of maximum openness, frankness, and the sharing of information are well known and largely accepted.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'free'): from Old French franc, from medieval Latin francus 'free', from Francus (see Frank: only Franks had full freedom in Frankish Gaul). Another Middle English sense was 'generous', which led to the current sense.

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Stamp an official mark on (a letter or parcel) to indicate that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid: each cover will be franked with a specially designed postmark [with two objects]: the letter is franked 30 centavos
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    • There were some obvious mistakes in amongst all the realism too - modern buttons on a printed fabric shirt, fibreglass insulation in the ceiling and modern stamps and franking on some letters.
    • Volunteers stuck labels, folded letters, franked envelopes and filed mail bags to send more than 10,000 copies of the new brochure out to the public.
    • The advertising service covers stamped, personal mail, but not business mail which is usually franked, rather than stamped.
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  • 1.1 historical Sign (a letter or parcel) to ensure delivery free of charge.
  • 1.2 archaic Facilitate or pay the passage of (someone): English will frank the traveller through most of North America
  • 2 (as adjective franked) British Denoting dividends and other payments carrying a tax credit which can be offset against advance corporation tax by the company which receives them.
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    • Shareholders will be paid a fully franked dividend of 16c, bringing the total year payout to 30c.
    • No fewer than 11,585 people in these suburbs owned at least $6,332 million worth of shares in companies paying franked dividends.
    • The final fully franked dividend of 13c, up 1c, will be paid on October 29.

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  • An official mark or signature on a letter or parcel, indicating that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid.
    [formerly as a superscribed signature of an eminent person entitled to send letters free of charge]
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    • Several candidates explained in great detail the advantages incumbents have in fundraising, media access and, in the case of federal officials, the frank.
    • Members of both Houses of Parliament had the privilege of free postage (save for the penny post) and gave large numbers of franks to friends, constituents, or even business colleagues: the privilege was not abolished until 1840.
    • He felt a jab of dread as he saw the frank and the crest on the cover.
    Synonyms
    stamp, postmark, imprint, mark, official mark

Derivatives

franker

noun

Origin

early 18th century: from frank1, an early sense being 'free of obligation'.

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noun

North American
  • short for frankfurter.
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    • Burgers, franks and sausages are made from soy, egg or wheat protein, and may contain other beans & grains.
    • Even with pretty strict standards, about half the burgers, nuggets, franks, and sausages qualified for a thumbs up.
    • On Sunday, they planned to grill up some kebabs and franks out on the patio for lunch.

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