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Frank·​ish ˈfraŋ-kish How to pronounce Frankish (audio)
: of or relating to the Franks


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: the Germanic language of the Franks

Examples of Frankish in a Sentence

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This engraving suggests the weapon could be an Ulfberht sword—a special class of medieval Frankish weapon. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2024 The Acropolis was then home to a jumble of buildings, including not just the ancient temple—which, for a time, had been turned into a Christian church—but also a Frankish tower and various seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Turkish structures. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 The gold ring has features that are consistent with Frankish craftsmanship. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 One such poem by the ninth-century Frankish writer Rabanus Maurus features a worshiper kneeling beneath a cross. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023
Researchers say these details suggest the item’s owners were connected to the Merovingians, a Frankish dynasty that ruled over a significant portion of Western Europe between the fifth and eighth centuries, per Live Science’s Jennifer Nalewicki. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 The Merovingians were a royal family who ruled modern-day France, Belgium and Germany under what was then known as the Frankish Kingdom. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Frankish was in the 14th century

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“Frankish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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