- a married woman; a wife.
- the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a married woman, corresponding to Mrs.
Examples from the Web for frau
There was Feldmarschall von Hindenburg, the greatest German hero of World War I, and beside him Frau von Hindenburg, his wife.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
February 6, 2014
At the door of her apartment Frau Karoline greeted me with formal gravity.
Frau Matilda now gazed at me with open-mouthed astonishment.
Frau Augusta turned and glanced furtively at my identification folder.
Frau Steinmann was, with other elderly ladies of the company, to spend the evening there.
You are very kind, Frau Schmidt, I hope he will not trouble you.
- a married German woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Mrs and sometimes extended to older unmarried women
Word Origin and History for frau
"married woman," 1813, from German Frau "woman, wife," from Middle High German vrouwe "lady, mistress," from Old High German frouwa "mistress, lady" (9c.), from Proto-Germanic *frowo- "lady," fem. of *frawan "lord," from PIE root *per- (1) "beyond, forward," in extended senses "chief, first" (see per).