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a combining form representing French, or France:
Francophile; Franco-Prussian.
combining form
indicating France or French: Franco-Prussian

word-forming element meaning “French,” from Medieval Latin comb. form of Franci “the Franks,” hence, by extension, “the French” (see Frank). Used in forming English compound words from early 18c.


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