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  1. Frans [frahns] /frɑ̃s/, 1581?–1666, Dutch portrait and genre painter.


  1. a male given name, form of Harold.
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Historical Examples

  • Look at Hals's women, how pleased they are to be painted, just as they are.

    Six Centuries of Painting

    Randall Davies

  • They departed, says Hals, "with small honour and less profit."

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • In a word, Mr. Hals is a gentleman, kind, intelligent and generous.

  • Perhaps Hals was degenerating with the passing age—certainly he was ageing.

    Franz Hals

    Edgcumbe Staley

  • When this masterpiece was painted, the Hals were in comfortable circumstances.

    Franz Hals

    Edgcumbe Staley

British Dictionary definitions for hals


  1. Frans (frɑns). ? 1580–1666, Dutch portrait and genre painter: his works include The Laughing Cavalier (1624)
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