- direct and unreserved in speech; straightforward; sincere: Her criticism of my work was frank but absolutely fair.
- without inhibition or subterfuge; direct; undisguised: a frank appeal for financial aid.
- Pathology. unmistakable; clinically evident: frank blood.
- Archaic. liberal or generous.
- Obsolete. free.
- a signature or mark affixed by special privilege to a letter, package, or the like to ensure its transmission free of charge, as by mail.
- the privilege of franking letters, packages, etc.
- a franked letter, package, etc.
- to mark (a letter, package, etc.) for transmission free of the usual charge, by virtue of official or special privilege; send free of charge, as mail.
- to convey (a person) free of charge.
- to enable to pass or go freely: to frank a visitor through customs.
- to facilitate the comings and goings of (a person), especially in society: A sizable inheritance will frank you faster than anything else.
- to secure exemption for.
- Carpentry. to assemble (millwork, as sash bars) with a miter joint through the moldings and a butt joint or mortise-and-tenon joint for the rest.
Origin of frank1
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Origin of frank2
- a member of a group of ancient Germanic peoples dwelling in the regions of the Rhine, one division of whom, the Salians, conquered Gaul about a.d. 500, founded an extensive kingdom, and gave origin to the name France.
- (in the Levant) any native of western Europe.
Origin of Frank1
- Anne,1929–45, German Jewish girl who died in Belsen concentration camp in Germany: her diaries about her family hiding from Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44) published in 1947.
- Il·ya Mi·khai·lo·vich [ee-lyah myi-khahy-luh-vyich] /iˌlyɑ myɪˈxaɪ lə vyɪtʃ/, 1908–90, Russian physicist: Nobel Prize 1958.
- Le·on·hard [ley-awn-hahrt] /ˈleɪ ɔn hɑrt/, 1882–1961, German novelist.
- Robert,born 1924, U.S. photographer and filmmaker, born in Switzerland.
- Waldo,1889–1967, U.S. novelist and social critic.
- a male given name, form of Francis or Franklin.
Examples from the Web for frank
As he drove me back to the logging road, Frank told me about the area in his deep voice.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
On the day of the AFI dinner, Hitchcock receives a wire from Frank Capra, who is in Palm Springs.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Those services will remain untouched by the current suit, according to City Attorney spokesman Frank Manteljan.Days Are Numbered for Nestdrop, LA’s ‘Uber for Weed’
December 6, 2014
Miyazaki is frank in his interviews with Sunada, whom he allows to tag along to his studio, his garden, and his private atelier.
And when asked whether he worries about Studio Ghibli after he and Takahata retire, Miyazaki is frank.
How's it come you didn't have a Western Union frank this year?
The old man was looking at her with frank and friendly apology for his intrusion.
He was ashamed, and determined to make amends by a frank confession.
His frank, familiar manner made him a favorite on shipboard.
"That's right, to own up," said Robert, favorably impressed with his frank confession.
- mainly British to put a mark on (a letter, parcel, etc), either cancelling the postage stamp or in place of a stamp, ensuring free carriageSee also postmark
- to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an official mark or signature, indicating the right of free delivery
- to facilitate or assist (a person) to come and go, pass, or enter easily
- to obtain immunity for or exempt (a person)
- an official mark or signature affixed to a letter, parcel, etc, ensuring free delivery or delivery without stamps
- the privilege, issued to certain people and establishments, entitling them to delivery without postage stamps
- a member of a group of West Germanic peoples who spread from the east bank of the middle Rhine into the Roman Empire in the late 4th century ad, gradually conquering most of Gaul and Germany. The Franks achieved their greatest power under Charlemagne
- Anne . 1929–45, German Jewess, whose Diary (1947) recorded the experiences of her family while in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44). They were betrayed and she died in a concentration camp
- Robert . born 1924, US photographer and film maker, born in Switzerland; best known for his photographic book The Americans (1959)
Word Origin and History for frank
c.1300, "free, liberal, generous," from Old French franc "free (not servile), sincere, genuine, open, gracious; worthy" (12c.), from Medieval Latin Franc "a freeman, a Frank" (see Frank). The connection is that only Franks, as the conquering class, had the status of freemen. Sense of "outspoken" first recorded in English 1540s.
short for frankfurter, by 1916, American English. Franks and beans attested by 1953.
one of the Germanic people that conquered Celtic Gaul from the Romans c.500 C.E. and made it into France, from Frankish *Frank (cf. Old High German Franko, Old English Franca). The origin of the ethnic name is uncertain; it traditionally is said to be from the old Germanic word *frankon "javelin, lance" (cf. Old English franca), their preferred weapon, but the reverse may be the case. Cf. also Saxon, traditionally from root of Old English seax "knife." In the Levant, this was the name given to anyone of Western nationality (cf. Feringhee).
"to free a letter for carriage or an article for publication," 1708, from shortened form of French affranchir, from the same source as frank (adj.). Related: Franked; franking.
- Clearly manifest; clinically evident.