plural Frauen ˈfrau̇(-ə)n How to pronounce Frau (audio)
sometimes disparaging
: a German married woman : wife
used as a title equivalent to Mrs.

Word History


German, woman, wife, from Old High German frouwa mistress, lady; akin to Old English frēa lord, Old High German fruma advantage — more at foremost

First Known Use

circa 1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Frau was circa 1813

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Cite this Entry

“Frau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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