- of, relating to, or characteristic of France, its inhabitants, or their language, culture, etc.: French cooking.
- the people of France and their direct descendants.
- a Romance language spoken in France, parts of Belgium and Switzerland, and in areas colonized after 1500 by France.
- (often lowercase) to prepare (food) according to a French method.
- (often lowercase) to cut (snap beans) into slivers or thin strips before cooking.
- (often lowercase) to trim the meat from the end of (a rib chop).
- (often lowercase) to prepare (meat) for cooking by slicing it into strips and pounding.
- Slang. to short-sheet (a bed).
- (often lowercase) Slang: Vulgar. to give oral stimulation of the penis or vulva.
Origin of French1
- AliceOctave Thanet, 1850–1934, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
- Daniel Chester,1850–1931, U.S. sculptor.
- Sir John Den·ton Pink·stone [den-tn pingk-stohn, -stuh n] /ˈdɛn tn ˈpɪŋk stoʊn, -stən/, 1st Earl of Ypres,1852–1925, English field marshal in World War I.
- Marilyn,1929–2009, U.S. novelist and nonfiction writer.
Examples from the Web for french
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
The comedian responded to the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine by renewing his recent criticisms of the Islamic faith.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’
January 8, 2015
The FBI has also been searching its records for any information that could assist the French investigation, a spokesperson added.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.
The little truffled French sausages aroused his better nature.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The French were the grand improvers of every thing, though only for their own objects.
His mother's maiden name was Cordes, and she also was of French extraction.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
The dread of French domination seems to have haunted him like a nightmare.Biographical Sketches
I have a French feather-bed there, which I have been at pains to keep these years back.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the official language of France: also an official language of Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, and certain other countries. It is the native language of approximately 70 million people; also used for diplomacy. Historically, French is an Indo-European language belonging to the Romance groupSee also Old French, Anglo-French
- the French (functioning as plural) the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of France collectively
- See French vermouth
- relating to, denoting, or characteristic of France, the French, or their languageRelated prefixes: Franco-, Gallo-
- (in Canada) of or relating to French Canadians
- Sir John Denton Pinkstone, 1st Earl of Ypres. 1852–1925, British field marshal in World War I: commanded the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium (1914–15); Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1918–21)
Word Origin and History for french
Old English frencisc "of the Franks," from Franca (see Frank). The noun is from Old English Frencisc. As the name of a language, from late 13c.
Euphemistic meaning "bad language" (pardon my French) is from 1895. Used in many combination-words, often dealing with food or sex. French dressing recorded by 1860; French toast is from 1630s. French letter "condom" (c.1856, perhaps on resemblance of sheepskin and parchment), French (v.) "perform oral sex on" (c.1917) and French kiss (1923) all probably stem from the Anglo-Saxon equation of Gallic culture and sexual sophistication, a sense first recorded 1749 in the phrase French novel.
To take French leave, "depart without telling the host," is 1771, from a social custom then prevalent. However, this is said to be called in France filer à l'anglaise, literally "to take English leave."