- thin strips of potato that have been deep-fried.
Origin of French fries
First recorded in 1915–20
Also called French-fried potatoes.
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French fried potatoes
- a more formal name for chipsAlso called (esp US and Canadian): French fries See chip (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for french fried potatoes
1903, American English, earlier French fried potatoes (by 1883). French frieds (1944) never caught on. Simple short form fries attested by 1973. In the Upper Midwest of the U.S., sometimes called American fries (1950).
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