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French1

[french] /frɛntʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of France, its inhabitants, or their language, culture, etc.:
French cooking.
noun
2.
the people of France and their direct descendants.
3.
a Romance language spoken in France, parts of Belgium and Switzerland, and in areas colonized after 1500 by France.
verb (used with object)
4.
(often lowercase) to prepare (food) according to a French method.
5.
(often lowercase) to cut (snap beans) into slivers or thin strips before cooking.
6.
(often lowercase) to trim the meat from the end of (a rib chop).
7.
(often lowercase) to prepare (meat) for cooking by slicing it into strips and pounding.
8.
Slang. to short-sheet (a bed).
9.
(often lowercase) Slang: Vulgar. to give oral stimulation of the penis or vulva.
Origin of French1
1150
before 1150; Middle English Frensh, French, Old English Frenc(sc). See Frank, -ish1
Related forms
Frenchness, noun

French2

[french] /frɛntʃ/
noun
1.
Alice ("Octave Thanet") 1850–1934, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
2.
Daniel Chester, 1850–1931, U.S. sculptor.
3.
Sir John Denton Pinkstone
[den-tn pingk-stohn,, -stuh n] /ˈdɛn tn ˈpɪŋk stoʊn,, -stən/ (Show IPA),
1st Earl of Ypres, 1852–1925, English field marshal in World War I.
4.
Marilyn, 1929–2009, U.S. novelist and nonfiction writer.
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Examples from the Web for frenches
Historical Examples
  • The nurse would know her business, even if the frenches don't.'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • It's a blow to the frenches, too, for since we notifies 'em, they has set their hearts on the racket.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The frenches, indeed, possessed a boy of two, reputed handsome.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He had never thought much about the frenches, who were outside his orbit.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • This Flambeau from what I hear will carry a whole bunch of money for them frenches.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • All them frenches have to do is to say it's worth fifty to fix any horse.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • Do you know, I fancy the frenches have come rather a cropper to-day.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • I'll bet them frenches will find her a hard winter unless they're well fixed.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • He could not satisfy the frenches because he feared Miss Stanbury.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
  • His experience was much the same as that of the frenches and it brought about several investigations by parties of citizens.

British Dictionary definitions for frenches

French1

/frɛntʃ/
noun
1.
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 group See also Old French, Anglo-French
2.
(functioning as pl) the French, the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of France collectively
adjective
4.
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of France, the French, or their language related prefixes Franco- Gallo-
5.
(in Canada) of or relating to French Canadians
Derived Forms
Frenchness, noun
Word Origin
Old English Frencisc French, Frankish; see Frank

French2

/frɛntʃ/
noun
1.
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)
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Word Origin and History for frenches

French

adj.

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for frenches

French

noun

Cunnilingus or fellatio; the FRENCH WAYv: Then the perverse chap actually Frenched her! (1917+)

Related Terms

pardon my french

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