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French

1
[ french ]
/ frɛntʃ /
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adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of France, its inhabitants, or their language, culture, etc.: French cooking.

noun

the people of France and their direct descendants.
a Romance language spoken in France, parts of Belgium and Switzerland, and in areas colonized after 1500 by France.

verb (used with object)

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Origin of French

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before 1150; Middle English Frensh, French, Old English Frenc(sc). See Frank, -ish1
Related formsFrench·ness, noun

Definition for french (2 of 2)

French

2
[ french ]
/ frɛntʃ /

noun

AliceOctave Thanet, 1850–1934, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Daniel Chester,1850–1931, U.S. sculptor.
Sir John Den·ton Pink·stone [den-tn pingk-stohn, -stuh n] /ˈdɛn tn ˈpɪŋk stoʊn, -stən/, 1st Earl of Ypres,1852–1925, English field marshal in World War I.
Marilyn,1929–2009, U.S. novelist and nonfiction writer.
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British Dictionary definitions for french (1 of 2)

French

1
/ (frɛntʃ) /

noun

the official language of France: also an official language of Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, and certain other countries. It is the native language of approximately 70 million people; also used for diplomacy. Historically, French is an Indo-European language belonging to the Romance groupSee also Old French, Anglo-French
the French (functioning as plural) the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of France collectively

adjective

relating to, denoting, or characteristic of France, the French, or their languageRelated prefixes: Franco-, Gallo-
(in Canada) of or relating to French Canadians
Derived FormsFrenchness, noun

Word Origin for French

Old English Frencisc French, Frankish; see Frank

British Dictionary definitions for french (2 of 2)

French

2
/ (frɛntʃ) /

noun

Sir John Denton Pinkstone, 1st Earl of Ypres. 1852–1925, British field marshal in World War I: commanded the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium (1914–15); Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1918–21)
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Word Origin and History for french

French


adj.
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