- the right to own or operate a professional sports team as a member of a league.
- a professional sports team.
- a player of great talent or popular appeal, considered vitally important to a team's success or future.
Origin of franchise
OTHER WORDS FROM franchise
How to use franchise in a sentence
The franchising company points out on its website that the president's health care law included measures to help support that.The Big Lie Debunked|Michael Tomasky|July 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yale teachers and students who have fought the franchising venture from the start said they anticipated this long ago.Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions|Alex Klein|July 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for franchise
Derived forms of franchisefranchisee, nounfranchiser, nounfranchisement (ˈfræntʃɪzmənt), noun
Word Origin for franchise
Cultural definitions for franchise (1 of 2)
In politics, the right to vote. The Constitution left the determination of the qualifications of voters to the states. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, states usually restricted the franchise to white men who owned specified amounts of property. Gradually, poll taxes were substituted for property requirements. Before the Civil War, the voting rights of blacks were severely restricted, but the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution, declared ratified in 1870, prohibited states from abridging the right to vote on the basis of race. Nevertheless, southern states used a variety of legal ploys to restrict black voting until passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Women were not guaranteed the right to vote in federal elections until ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. In 1971 the Twenty-sixth Amendment lowered the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen. (See suffrage and suffragette.)
notes for franchise
Cultural definitions for franchise (2 of 2)
In business, a relationship between a manufacturer and a retailer in which the manufacturer provides the product, sales techniques, and other kinds of managerial assistance, and the retailer promises to market the manufacturer's product rather than that of competitors. For example, most automobile dealerships are franchises. The vast majority of fast food chains are also run on the franchise principle, with the retailer paying to use the brand name.