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  1. of or relating to the Franks.
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  1. the West Germanic language of the ancient Franks; Old Franconian.See also Frank1(def 1).
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Origin of Frankish

First recorded in 1585–95; Frank + -ish1
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Historical Examples of frankish

  • The Burgundian kingdom was united with the Frankish from 534.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI

    Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies

  • "The Frankish hound laughs at our beards," said the officer.

  • Conquests were pursued by the Frankish kings and their nobles, but the invasion stopped.


    Emile Cammaerts

  • They lived in the Frankish quarter and dressed in ultra-European style.


    George Wyman Bury

  • It was too late; and he fell, pierced through with many a Frankish spear.

British Dictionary definitions for frankish


  1. the ancient West Germanic language of the Franks, esp the dialect that contributed to the vocabulary of modern FrenchSee also Franconian, Old High German
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  1. of or relating to the Franks or their language
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Word Origin and History for frankish



1802, from Frank + -ish. As the name of a germanic language spoken by the ancient Franks, from 1863. (Frenkis is recorded c.1400.)

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