adjective, franker, frankest.
direct and unreserved in speech; straightforward; sincere:
Her criticism of my work was frank but absolutely fair.
without inhibition or subterfuge; direct; undisguised:
a frank appeal for financial aid.
Pathology. unmistakable; clinically evident:
Archaic. liberal or generous.
a signature or mark affixed by special privilege to a letter, package, or the like to ensure its transmission of charge, as by mail.
the privilege of franking letters, packages, etc.
a franked letter, package, etc.
verb (used with object)
to mark (a letter, package, etc.) for transmission of the usual charge, by virtue of official or special privilege; send of charge, as mail.
to convey (a person) of charge.
to enable to pass or go freely:
to frank a visitor through customs.
to facilitate the comings and goings of (a person), especially in society:
A sizable inheritance will frank you faster than anything else.
to secure exemption for.
Carpentry. to assemble (millwork, as sash bars) with a miter joint through the moldings and a butt joint or mortise-and-tenon joint for the rest.
a member of a group of ancient Germanic peoples dwelling in the regions of the Rhine, one division of whom, the Salians, conquered Gaul about a.d. 500, founded an extensive kingdom, and gave origin to the name France.
(in the Levant) any native of western Europe.
[frangk, frahngk; Russian, frahnk; German frahngk] /fræŋk, frɑŋk; Russian, frɑnk; German frɑŋk/
Anne, 1929–45, German Jewish girl who died in Belsen concentration camp in Germany: her diaries about her family hiding from Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44) published in 1947.
[ee-lyah myi-khahy-luh-vyich] /iˌlyɑ myɪˈxaɪ lə vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA), 1908–90, Russian physicist: Nobel Prize 1958.
[ley-awn-hahrt] /ˈleɪ ɔn hɑrt/ (Show IPA), 1882–1961, German novelist.
Robert, born 1924, U.S. photographer and filmmaker, born in Switzerland.
Waldo, 1889–1967, U.S. novelist and social critic.
a male given name, form of or .
honest and straightforward in speech or attitude: a frank person
outspoken or blunt
open and avowed; undisguised: frank interest
an obsolete word for free, generous
(mainly Brit) to put a mark on (a letter, parcel, etc), either cancelling the postage stamp or in place of a stamp, ensuring free carriage See also postmark
to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an official mark or signature, indicating the right of free delivery
to facilitate or assist (a person) to come and go, pass, or enter easily
to obtain immunity for or exempt (a person)
an official mark or signature affixed to a letter, parcel, etc, ensuring free delivery or delivery without stamps
the privilege, issued to certain people and establishments, entitling them to delivery without postage stamps
a member of a group of West Germanic peoples who spread from the east bank of the middle Rhine into the Roman Empire in the late 4th century ad, gradually conquering most of Gaul and Germany. The Franks achieved their greatest power under Charlemagne
Anne. 1929–45, German Jewess, whose Diary (1947) recorded the experiences of her family while in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam (1942–44). They were betrayed and she died in a concentration camp
Robert. born 1924, US photographer and film maker, born in Switzerland; best known for his photographic book The Americans (1959)
c.1300, “free, liberal, generous,” from Old French franc “free (not servile), sincere, genuine, open, gracious; worthy” (12c.), from Medieval Latin Franc “a freeman, a Frank” (see Frank). The connection is that only Franks, as the conquering class, had the status of freemen. Sense of “outspoken” first recorded in English 1540s.
short for frankfurter, by 1916, American English. Franks and beans attested by 1953.
“to free a letter for carriage or an article for publication,” 1708, from shortened form of French affranchir, from the same source as frank (adj.). Related: Franked; franking.
one of the Germanic people that conquered Celtic Gaul from the Romans c.500 C.E. and made it into France, from Frankish *Frank (cf. Old High German Franko, Old English Franca). The origin of the ethnic name is uncertain; it traditionally is said to be from the old Germanic word *frankon “javelin, lance” (cf. Old English franca), their preferred weapon, but the reverse may be the case. Cf. also Saxon, traditionally from root of Old English seax “knife.” In the Levant, this was the name given to anyone of Western nationality (cf. Feringhee).
adj. frank·er, frank·est
Clearly manifest; clinically evident.
A frankfurter; weenie (1920s+)
[“Using BINS for Interprocess Communication”, P.C.J. Graham, SIGPLAN Notices 20(2):32-41 (Feb 1985)].
/ˈfræŋkəlˌmɔɪn/ noun 1. (English legal history) a form of tenure by which religious bodies held lands, esp on condition of praying for the soul of the donor
- Frank chapman
[chap-muh n] /ˈtʃæp mən/ noun 1. Frank Michler [mik-ler] /ˈmɪk lər/ (Show IPA), 1864–1945, U.S. ornithologist, museum curator, and author. 2. George, 1559–1634, English poet, dramatist, and translator. 3. John, . /ˈtʃæpmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. (archaic) a trader, esp an itinerant pedlar /ˈtʃæpmən/ noun 1. George 1559–1634, English dramatist and poet, noted for his […]
- Frank dobie
[doh-bee] /ˈdoʊ bi/ noun 1. (James) Frank, 1888–1964, U.S. folklorist, educator, and author.
- Franked investment income
noun 1. (formerly) dividends from one UK company received by another on which the paying company had paid corporation tax so that the receiving company had no corporation tax to pay: discontinued from 1999