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  1. a former province in E France: once a part of Burgundy.
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Examples from the Web for franche-comte

Historical Examples

  • In the month of August he went to Franche-Comte, where he spent a month.

    What is Property?

    P. J. Proudhon

  • Pichegru belonged to an agricultural family of Franche-Comte.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete

    Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne

  • I took refuge in Franche-Comte at first, and there I lived for some time by the toil of my hands.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

  • He repaired this disgrace by a second conquest, in person, of Franche-Comte, which this time was preserved by France.

British Dictionary definitions for franche-comte


  1. a region of E France, covering the Jura and the low country east of the Saône: part of the Kingdom of Burgundy (6th century ad –1137); autonomous as the Free County of Burgundy (1137–1384); under Burgundian rule again (1384–1477) and Hapsburg rule (1493–1674); annexed by France (1678)
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