[ frang-koh; Spanish frahng-kaw ]
/ ˈfræŋ koʊ; Spanish ˈfrɑŋ kɔ /


Francisco,Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco-BahamondeEl Caudillo, 1892–1975, Spanish military leader and dictator: chief of state 1939–47; regent of the kingdom of Spain 1947–75.

Related formsFran·co·ism, nounFran·co·ist, noun


a combining form representing French or France: Francophile; Franco-Prussian.

Origin of Franco-

< Medieval Latin Franc(us) a Frank, a Frenchman + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for franco


/ (ˈfræŋkəʊ, Spanish ˈfraŋko) /


Francisco (franˈθisko), called el Caudillo. 1892–1975, Spanish general and statesman; head of state (1939–1975). He was commander-in-chief of the Falangists in the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), defeating the republican government and establishing a dictatorship (1939). He kept Spain neutral in World War II


/ (ˈfræŋkəʊ-) /

combining form

indicating France or FrenchFranco-Prussian

Word Origin for Franco-

from Medieval Latin Francus, from Late Latin: Frank

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Word Origin and History for franco


word-forming element meaning "French," from Medieval Latin comb. form of Franci "the Franks," hence, by extension, "the French" (see Frank). Used in forming English compound words from early 18c.

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