- a female given name: derived from Francis.
[frans, frahns; French frahns]
- A·na·tole [a-na-tawl] /a naˈtɔl/, Jacques Anatole Thibault, 1844–1924, French novelist and essayist: Nobel Prize 1921.
- a republic in W Europe. 212,736 sq. mi. (550,985 sq. km). Capital: Paris.
- Heraldry. fleurs-de-lis or upon azure: a bordure of France.
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Examples from the Web for frances
And so it is that Frances and Lilian fall in love, and, from that, (very thrillingly written), all hell breaks loose.
I wanted Frances to be completely confident about her sexuality.
In the novel, the moral situation Frances ends up in is dreadful.
Mr. Kallison was “a strong but also a very gentle man,” Frances said.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
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"I wish he would take it into his head to come home," said Frances.
Then he asked Elsa and Frances to go out a little walk with him.
"It's—it's all his temper, I'm afraid," Frances allowed reluctantly.
Perhaps Elsa and Frances will be married, and have houses of their own by then.
"I don't know that I find that so difficult to fancy," said Frances.
- a republic in W Europe, between the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic: the largest country wholly in Europe; became a republic in 1793 after the French Revolution and an empire in 1804 under Napoleon; reverted to a monarchy (1815–48), followed by the Second Republic (1848–52), the Second Empire (1852–70), the Third Republic (1870–1940), and the Fourth and Fifth Republics (1946 and 1958); a member of the European Union. It is generally flat or undulating in the north and west and mountainous in the south and east. Official language: French. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Paris. Pop: 62 814 233 (2013 est). Area: (including Corsica) 551 600 sq km (212 973 sq miles)Related adjectives: French, Gallic
- Anatole (anatɔl), real name Anatole François Thibault . 1844–1924, French novelist, short-story writer, and critic. His works include Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881), L'Île des Pingouins (1908), and La Révolte des anges (1914): Nobel prize for literature 1921
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Word Origin and History for frances
fem. proper name, from French, from Old French Franceise (Modern French Françoise), fem. of Franceis (see Francis).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
During the reign of Louis XIV (1653–1715), France was a principal world power and cultural center of Europe.
The French Revolution, organized by leaders of the middle class and lower class, brought about an end to the French absolute monarchy and forged a transition from feudalism to the industrial era. A bloody and chaotic period, the Revolution helped lay the foundations of modern political philosophy and ultimately engulfed much of Europe in the Napoleonic Wars. (See Napoleon Bonaparte.)
In World War II, France's military resistance to the German army collapsed in the spring of 1940. Germans occupied much of France from 1940 to 1944. In 1944, the Allies invaded France, along with French troops, and drove the Germans out of France, finally defeating them in 1945.
France is known for its wine, cheese, and cooking.
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