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Francis

[fran-sis]
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noun
  1. a male given name: from an Old French word meaning “Frenchman.”
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francize

[fran-sahyz]
verb (used with object), fran·cized, fran·ciz·ing. Canadian.
  1. to force to adopt French customs and the French language.
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Also especially British, fran·cise.

Origin of francize

Related formsfran·ci·za·tion, nounfran·ciz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for francises

Historical Examples

  • 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)


British Dictionary definitions for francises

Francis

noun
  1. 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)
  2. 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)
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francize

francise

verb
  1. Canadian to make or become French-speaking
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Derived Formsfrancization or francisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for francises

Francis

masc. proper name, from French François, from Old French Franceis, from Late Latin Franciscus, literally "Frankish;" cognate with French and frank.

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