Also Fran·co·phon·ic [frang-kuh-fon-ik] /ˌfræŋ kəˈfɒn ɪk/. speaking French, especially as a member of a French-speaking population.


a person who speaks French, especially a native speaker.

Origin of Francophone

First recorded in 1895–1900; Franco- + -phone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for francophone

Contemporary Examples of francophone

  • She covers politics, culture, the environment and human rights in Francophone and Anglophone West Africa for the Voice of America.

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    A Strongman's Last Stand

    Julia L. Ritchey

    April 5, 2011

  • ReferQuest isn't technically a matchmaking site, unless you're trying to match a Francophone nanny to your five-year-old.

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    Online Dating Just Got Weirder

    Laura Van Straaten

    February 13, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for francophone



a person who speaks French, esp a native speaker


speaking French as a native language
using French as a lingua franca
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Word Origin and History for francophone



1900, from Franco- + -phone.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper