1. a person who is friendly to or has a strong admiration of France or the French.
Also Fran·co·phil [frang-kuh-fil] /ˈfræŋ kə fɪl/.

Origin of Francophile

First recorded in 1885–90; Franco- + -phile
Related formsFran·co·phil·i·a [frang-kuh-fil-ee-uh, -feel-yuh] /ˌfræŋ kəˈfɪl i ə, -ˈfil yə/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for francophile

Historical Examples of francophile

  • I should say the same had it been Anglophile or Francophile.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • Craven stood for the past, he was a link with the life the Francophile Arab was reluctantly surrendering.

British Dictionary definitions for francophile


Francophil (ˈfræŋkəʊfɪl) sometimes not capital

  1. a person who admires France and the French
  1. marked by or possessing admiration of France and the French
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Word Origin and History for francophile



1875, from Franco- + -phile. "A newspaper word" [OED]. Its opposite, Francophobe, is recorded from 1890 (implied in Francophobic; Francophobia is from 1862).

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