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[ frou; English frou ]
/ fraʊ; English fraʊ /

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.


madame, dame, madonna, signora Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (fraʊ) /

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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