- a male given name: from an Old French word meaning “Frenchman.”
- to force to adopt French customs and the French language.
Also especially British, fran·cise.
Origin of francize
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Examples from the Web for francises
After speaking of Francis Xavier it would be useless to discuss the history of the other Francises.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
- Dick, full name Richard Stanley Francis . 1920–2010, British thriller writer, formerly a champion jockey. His books include Dead Cert (1962), The Edge (1988), and Come to Grief (1995)
- Sir Philip . 1740–1818, British politician; probable author of the Letters of Junius (1769–72). He played an important part in the impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788–95)
- Canadian to make or become French-speaking
Word Origin and History for francises
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