- a privilege of a public nature conferred on an individual, group, or company by a government: a franchise to operate a bus system.
- the right or license granted by a company to an individual or group to market its products or services in a specific territory.
- a store, restaurant, or other business operating under such a license.
- the territory over which such a license extends.
- the right to vote: to guarantee the franchise of every citizen.
- a privilege arising from the grant of a sovereign or government, or from prescription, which presupposes a grant.
- the right to own or operate a professional sports team as a member of a league.
- a professional sports team.
- a player of great talent or popular appeal, considered vitally important to a team's success or future.
- a set of creative works and related merchandise that share a fictional world, as films, television shows, books, or games:the Star Wars franchise;the Pokémon franchise.
- a legal immunity or exemption from a particular burden, exaction, or the like.
- Obsolete. freedom, especially from imprisonment, servitude, or moral restraint.
- to grant (an individual, company, etc.) a franchise: The corporation has just franchised our local dealer.
Origin of franchise
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Still, the one voter counts for something where the unfranchised counted for nothing.Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)
George Jacob Holyoake
- the franchise the right to vote, esp for representatives in a legislative body; suffrage
- any exemption, privilege, or right granted to an individual or group by a public authority, such as the right to use public property for a business
- commerce authorization granted by a manufacturing enterprise to a distributor to market the manufacturer's products
- the full rights of citizenship
- films a film that is or has the potential to be part of a series and lends itself to merchandising
- (in marine insurance) a sum or percentage stated in a policy, below which the insurer disclaims all liability
- (tr) commerce, mainly US and Canadian to grant (a person, firm, etc) a franchise
- an obsolete word for enfranchise
Word Origin for franchise
late 13c., from Old French franchise "freedom, exemption; right, privilege" (12c.), from variant stem of franc "free" (see frank (adj.)). Sense narrowed 18c. to "particular legal privilege," then "right to vote" (1790). Meaning "authorization by a company to sell its products or services" is from 1959.
late 14c., from Old French franchiss-, past participle stem of franchir "to free" (12c.), from franc (see frank (adj.)). Franchising is from 1570s; the commercial licensing sense is from 1966. Related: Franchisee; franchiser; franchisor.
In politics, the right to vote. The Constitution left the determination of the qualifications of voters to the states. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, states usually restricted the franchise to white men who owned specified amounts of property. Gradually, poll taxes were substituted for property requirements. Before the Civil War, the voting rights of blacks were severely restricted, but the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution, declared ratified in 1870, prohibited states from abridging the right to vote on the basis of race. Nevertheless, southern states used a variety of legal ploys to restrict black voting until passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Women were not guaranteed the right to vote in federal elections until ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. In 1971 the Twenty-sixth Amendment lowered the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen. (See suffrage and suffragette.)
In business, a relationship between a manufacturer and a retailer in which the manufacturer provides the product, sales techniques, and other kinds of managerial assistance, and the retailer promises to market the manufacturer's product rather than that of competitors. For example, most automobile dealerships are franchises. The vast majority of fast food chains are also run on the franchise principle, with the retailer paying to use the brand name.