[frou; English frou]

noun, plural Frau·en [frou-uh n] /ˈfraʊ ən/, English Fraus [frouz] /fraʊz/. German.

a married woman; a wife.
the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a married woman, corresponding to Mrs. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for frau

madame, dame, madonna, Frau, signora

Examples from the Web for frau

Contemporary Examples of frau

Historical Examples of frau

  • 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.

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  • You are very kind, Frau Schmidt, I hope he will not trouble you.

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British Dictionary definitions for frau


noun plural Frauen (ˈfraʊən) or Fraus

a married German woman: usually used as a title equivalent to Mrs and sometimes extended to older unmarried women

Word Origin for Frau

from Old High German frouwa; related to Dutch vrouw
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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).

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