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[frangk, frahngk; Russian, frahnk; German frahngk]
noun
  1. Anne,1929–45, German Jewish girl who died in Belsen concentration camp in Germany: her diaries about her family hiding from Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44) published in 1947.
  2. Il·ya Mi·khai·lo·vich [ee-lyah myi-khahy-luh-vyich] /iˌlyɑ myɪˈxaɪ lə vyɪtʃ/, 1908–90, Russian physicist: Nobel Prize 1958.
  3. Le·on·hard [ley-awn-hahrt] /ˈleɪ ɔn hɑrt/, 1882–1961, German novelist.
  4. Robert,born 1924, U.S. photographer and filmmaker, born in Switzerland.
  5. Waldo,1889–1967, U.S. novelist and social critic.
  6. a male given name, form of Francis or Franklin.
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British Dictionary definitions for anne frank

frank

adjective
  1. honest and straightforward in speech or attitudea frank person
  2. outspoken or blunt
  3. open and avowed; undisguisedfrank interest
  4. an obsolete word for free, generous
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verb (tr)
  1. mainly British to put a mark on (a letter, parcel, etc), either cancelling the postage stamp or in place of a stamp, ensuring free carriageSee also postmark
  2. to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an official mark or signature, indicating the right of free delivery
  3. to facilitate or assist (a person) to come and go, pass, or enter easily
  4. to obtain immunity for or exempt (a person)
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noun
  1. an official mark or signature affixed to a letter, parcel, etc, ensuring free delivery or delivery without stamps
  2. the privilege, issued to certain people and establishments, entitling them to delivery without postage stamps
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Derived Formsfrankable, adjectivefranker, nounfrankness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French franc, from Medieval Latin francus free; identical with Frank (in Frankish Gaul only members of this people enjoyed full freedom)

Frank1

noun
  1. a member of a group of West Germanic peoples who spread from the east bank of the middle Rhine into the Roman Empire in the late 4th century ad, gradually conquering most of Gaul and Germany. The Franks achieved their greatest power under Charlemagne
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Word Origin

Old English Franca; related to Old High German Franko; perhaps from the name of a typical Frankish weapon (compare Old English franca javelin)

Frank2

noun
  1. Anne . 1929–45, German Jewess, whose Diary (1947) recorded the experiences of her family while in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44). They were betrayed and she died in a concentration camp
  2. Robert . born 1924, US photographer and film maker, born in Switzerland; best known for his photographic book The Americans (1959)
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Word Origin and History for anne frank

frank

adj.

c.1300, "free, liberal, generous," from Old French franc "free (not servile), sincere, genuine, open, gracious; worthy" (12c.), from Medieval Latin Franc "a freeman, a Frank" (see Frank). The connection is that only Franks, as the conquering class, had the status of freemen. Sense of "outspoken" first recorded in English 1540s.

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frank

n.

short for frankfurter, by 1916, American English. Franks and beans attested by 1953.

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Frank

one of the Germanic people that conquered Celtic Gaul from the Romans c.500 C.E. and made it into France, from Frankish *Frank (cf. Old High German Franko, Old English Franca). The origin of the ethnic name is uncertain; it traditionally is said to be from the old Germanic word *frankon "javelin, lance" (cf. Old English franca), their preferred weapon, but the reverse may be the case. Cf. also Saxon, traditionally from root of Old English seax "knife." In the Levant, this was the name given to anyone of Western nationality (cf. Feringhee).

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frank

v.

"to free a letter for carriage or an article for publication," 1708, from shortened form of French affranchir, from the same source as frank (adj.). Related: Franked; franking.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anne frank in Medicine

frank

(frăngk)
adj.
  1. Clearly manifest; clinically evident.
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