Frau

noun
\ ˈfrau̇ How to pronounce Frau (audio) \
plural Frauen\ ˈfrau̇(-​ə)n How to pronounce Frau (audio) \

Definition of Frau

sometimes disparaging
: a German married woman : wife used as a title equivalent to Mrs.

First Known Use of Frau

circa 1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Frau

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

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“Frau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Frau. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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