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Franconian

[frang-koh-nee-uh n, -kohn-yuh n, fran-]
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noun
  1. a group of West Germanic dialects or languages, consisting of Frankish and the dialects descended from Frankish.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Franconia.
  2. of or relating to Franconian.
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Origin of Franconian

First recorded in 1795–1805; Franconi(a) + -an
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Historical Examples

  • The menu at the dinner was quite frugal; the wine was Franconian country wine.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Such was the case in Nuremberg, and in the entire Franconian province.

  • (Franconian dynasty) set a succession of Germans on the papal throne.

  • It was said that he was an anchorite who lived in the Franconian forests and preached renunciation of all earthly pleasures.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • It is written on a staff of six lines, in the square notes of the Franconian period.


British Dictionary definitions for franconian

Franconian

noun
  1. a group of medieval Germanic dialects spoken by the Franks in an area from N Bavaria and Alsace to the mouth of the Rhine. Low Franconian developed into Dutch, while Upper Franconian contributed to High German, of which it remains a recognizable dialectSee also Old Low German, Old High German, Frankish
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Franconia, the Franks, or their languages
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