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Frankfort on the Main

[meyn]
noun
  1. a city in W central Germany, on the Main River.
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Also called Frankfort.German Frank·furt am Main [frahngk-foort ahm mahyn] /ˈfrɑŋk fʊərt ɑm ˈmaɪn/, Frank·furt.

Frankfort on the Oder

[oh-der]
noun
  1. a city in NE Germany, on the Oder River.
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German Frank·furt an der O·der [frahngk-foort ahn duhr oh-duhr] /ˈfrɑŋk fʊərt ɑn dər ˈoʊ dər/, Frank·furt.

frankfurter

[frangk-fer-ter]
noun
  1. a small, cooked and smoked sausage of beef or beef and pork, with or without casing; hot dog; wiener.
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Also frank·fort, frank·furt.

Origin of frankfurter

1890–95, Americanism; < German: Frankfort sausage; see -er1
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Examples from the Web for frankfurt

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  • You can buy better things at a lower price at Frankfurt than at Venice.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • I paid six florins in gold to the boatman who took me from Bamberg to Frankfurt.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • I would also rather have this painting at Frankfurt than anywhere else in all Germany.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Oh no; nobody could have got on better than I did in Frankfurt.

    Heidi

    Johanna Spyri

  • We must go quickly now; we might get to Frankfurt today and then I can be back tomorrow with the rolls.

    Heidi

    Johanna Spyri


British Dictionary definitions for frankfurt

Frankfurt1

Frankfurt am Main

noun
  1. a city in central Germany, in Hesse on the Main River: a Roman settlement in the 1st century; a free imperial city (1372–1806); seat of the federal assembly (1815–66); university (1914); trade fairs since the 13th century. Pop: 643 432 (2003 est)
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Frankfurt2

Frankfurt an der Oder

noun
  1. a city in E Germany on the Polish border: member of the Hanseatic League (1368–1450). Pop: 67 014 (2003 est)
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frankfurter

noun
  1. a light brown smoked sausage, made of finely minced pork or beef, often served in a bread roll
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Word Origin

C20: short for German Frankfurter Wurst sausage from Frankfurt (am Main)

Frankfurter

noun
  1. an inhabitant or native of Frankfurt
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Word Origin and History for frankfurt

frankfurter

n.

"hot dog," 1894, American English, from German Frankfurter "of Frankfurt," because a smoked-beef-and-pork sausage somewhat like a U.S. hot dog was originally made in Germany, where it was associated with the city of Frankfurt am Main (literally "ford of the Franks on the River Main"). Attested from 1877 as Frankfort sausage.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

frankfurt in Culture

Frankfurt

[(frangk-fuhrt, frahngk-foort)]

City in west central Germany on the Main River; an industrial, commercial, and financial center.

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