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[ fren-chuh-fahy ]
/ ˈfrɛn tʃəˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), French·i·fied, French·i·fy·ing. (often lowercase)

to make (something or someone) resemble the French, as in manners, customs, or dress: to Frenchify the spelling of one's name.

Origin of Frenchify

First recorded in 1585–95; French + -ify
Related formsFrench·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frenchify

  • The work of the Oratorists was in a certain measure to Frenchify and modernize the instruction of the Jesuits.

    The Spell of the Heart of France|Andr Hallays
  • When the grand serious German nature does Frenchify itself, it can become so extravagantly French!

    A Strange Story, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Do you think there is any good in helping to Frenchify our army?

  • As a matter of fact, we should seek vainly for proof of any attempt to frenchify the country at the time.

    Belgium|Emile Cammaerts

British Dictionary definitions for frenchify


/ (ˈfrɛntʃɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

informal to make or become French in appearance, behaviour, etc
Derived FormsFrenchification, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for frenchify



1590s, from French + -ify. Usually contemptuous (e.g. Richardson in his introduction to "Pamela," beseeching the editor not to "Frenchify our English solidity into froth and whip-syllabub"). Related: Frenchified; Frenchifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper