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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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  • At the door of her apartment Frau Karoline greeted me with formal gravity.

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  • Frau Augusta turned and glanced furtively at my identification folder.

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  • Frau Matilda now gazed at me with open-mouthed astonishment.

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

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  • You are very kind, Frau Schmidt, I hope he will not trouble you.

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  • Frau Lutzler folded her arms and composed herself to tell me a history.

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  • She was going to Kronburg in a few days, according to Frau Yorvan.

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  • Oh, no, mamma, but how did Frau Cosima know that I was here?

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  • It vas not so soft, sleeping on Frau Nature's heart in the desert, nicht wahr!

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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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