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[frou; English frou] /fraʊ; English fraʊ/
noun, plural Frauen
[frou-uh n] /ˈfraʊ ən/ (Show IPA).
English, Fraus
[frouz] /fraʊz/ (Show IPA).
a married woman; a wife.
the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a married woman, corresponding to Mrs. Unabridged
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  • I only felt that Frau Doktor M. is so annoyed when no one offers to answer a question, and so I took it on.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • I believe that he has the honour of the friendship of Frau Brandt.'

    Yorke The Adventurer Louis Becke
  • Frau von Treumann appeared suddenly, coming softly across the grass, so that there was no time to run away.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • Frau Matilda now gazed at me with open-mouthed astonishment.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Frau Elsbeth mutely shook her head, and went into the house just as the locomobile arrived before the gate.

    Dame Care Hermann Sudermann
  • Frau Steinmann was, with other elderly ladies of the company, to spend the evening there.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Frau Schimmel's vision must have been caused by the young wife's excessive paleness.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
  • She was going to Kronburg in a few days, according to Frau Yorvan.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • Frau von Gluck left the guests for a moment, to order the carriage.

British Dictionary definitions for Frau


noun (pl) Frauen (ˈfraʊən), Fraus
a married German woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Mrs and sometimes extended to older unmarried women
Word Origin
from Old High German frouwa; related to Dutch vrouw
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Word Origin and History for Frau



"married woman," 1813, from German Frau "woman, wife," from Middle High German vrouwe "lady, mistress," from Old High German frouwa "mistress, lady" (9c.), from Proto-Germanic *frowo- "lady," fem. of *frawan "lord," from PIE root *per- (1) "beyond, forward," in extended senses "chief, first" (see per).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Frau



One's wife: and escort your incomparable frau to a tea dance/ his reward from the frau

[1902+; fr German]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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