verb (used with object)
Origin of French1
Examples from the Web for french
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
The comedian responded to the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine by renewing his recent criticisms of the Islamic faith.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The FBI has also been searching its records for any information that could assist the French investigation, a spokesperson added.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital.
I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.
It was well known what the French wished, and it was time to declare it plainly.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
The English minsters are long, narrow and low in contrast with the greater squareness and height of French contemporary churches.
The French, and to some extent the English, dispense with introductions at a private ball.Our Deportment|John H. Young
Touraine, too, has the reputation of being that part of France where is spoken the purest French.Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country|Francis Miltoun
For commercial purposes the English method of making the spawn into bricks has some advantages over the French "flake" process.
Word Origin for French
Old English frencisc "of the Franks," from Franca (see Frank). The noun is from Old English Frencisc. As the name of a language, from late 13c.
Euphemistic meaning "bad language" (pardon my French) is from 1895. Used in many combination-words, often dealing with food or sex. French dressing recorded by 1860; French toast is from 1630s. French letter "condom" (c.1856, perhaps on resemblance of sheepskin and parchment), French (v.) "perform oral sex on" (c.1917) and French kiss (1923) all probably stem from the Anglo-Saxon equation of Gallic culture and sexual sophistication, a sense first recorded 1749 in the phrase French novel.
To take French leave, "depart without telling the host," is 1771, from a social custom then prevalent. However, this is said to be called in France filer à l'anglaise, literally "to take English leave."