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[fren-chuh-fahy] /ˈfrɛn tʃəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), Frenchified, Frenchifying. (often lowercase)
to make (something or someone) resemble the French, as in manners, customs, or dress:
to Frenchify the spelling of one's name.
Origin of Frenchify
First recorded in 1585-95; French + -ify
Related forms
Frenchification, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Do you think there is any good in helping to Frenchify our army?

  • When the grand serious German nature does Frenchify itself, it can become so extravagantly French!

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The work of the Oratorists was in a certain measure to Frenchify and modernize the instruction of the Jesuits.

  • As a matter of fact, we should seek vainly for proof of any attempt to Frenchify the country at the time.


    Emile Cammaerts
British Dictionary definitions for Frenchify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(informal) to make or become French in appearance, behaviour, etc
Derived Forms
Frenchification, noun
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Word Origin and History for Frenchify

1590s, from French + -ify. Usually contemptuous (e.g. Richardson in his introduction to "Pamela," beseeching the editor not to "Frenchify our English solidity into froth and whip-syllabub"). Related: Frenchified; Frenchifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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