Franc



[frangk; French frahn] /fræŋk; French frɑ̃/

noun, plural francs
[frangks; French frahn] /fræŋks; French frɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
1.
an aluminum or nickel coin and monetary unit of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg until the was adopted, equal to 100 centimes.
Abbreviation: F., f., Fr, fr.
2.
any of the monetary units of various other nations and territories, as Liechtenstein, Martinique, Senegal, Switzerland, and Tahiti, equal to 100 centimes.
3.
a former silver coin of France, first issued under Henry III.
4.
a former monetary unit of Algeria, Guinea, and Morocco.
/fræŋk; French frɑ̃/
noun
1.
Also called French franc. the former standard monetary unit of France, most French dependencies, Andorra, and Monaco, divided into 100 centimes; replaced by the euro in 2002
2.
the former standard monetary unit of Belgium (Belgian franc) and Luxembourg (Luxembourg franc), divided into 100 centimes; replaced by the euro in 2002
3.
Also called Swiss franc. the standard monetary unit of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, divided into 100 centimes
4.
Also called franc CFA, CFA franc, franc of the African financial community. the standard monetary unit, comprising 100 centimes, of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo
5.
the standard monetary unit of Burundi (Burundi franc), Comoros (Comorian franc), Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre; Congolese franc), Djibouti (Djibouti franc), Guinea (Guinea franc), Madagascar (franc malgache), Rwanda (Rwanda franc), and French Polynesia and New Caledonia (French Pacific franc)
n.

French coin, late 14c., from Medieval Latin Francorum Rex “King of the Franks,” inscribed on gold coins first made during the reign of Jean le Bon (1350-64). An official monetary unit of France from 1795.

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