French

adjective
\ ˈfrench How to pronounce French (audio) \

Definition of French

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of France, its people, or their language
2 : of or relating to the overseas descendants of the French people

French

noun

Definition of French (Entry 2 of 4)

1 plural in construction : the French people
2 : a Romance language that developed out of the Vulgar Latin spoken in northern and central Transalpine Gaul and that became the literary and official language of France
3 : strong language pardon my French

french

verb, often capitalized
\ ˈfrench How to pronounce french (audio) \
frenched; frenching; frenches

Definition of french (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to trim the meat from the end of the bone of (something, such as a chop)
2 : to cut (green beans) in thin lengthwise strips before cooking

French

biographical name
\ ˈfrench How to pronounce French (audio) \

Definition of French (Entry 4 of 4)

Daniel Chester 1850–1931 American sculptor

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Other Words from French

Adjective

Frenchness noun

Examples of French in a Sentence

Noun the customs of the French
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, two incredibly famous people prone to posting photos of themselves frenching on social media, just want to get married—twice—in peace. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 24 June 2019 Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 4 Feb. 2019 Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 4 Feb. 2019 Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 4 Feb. 2019 Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 4 Feb. 2019 Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 4 Feb. 2019 Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 4 Feb. 2019 Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of French

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

circa 1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for French

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English frencisc, from Franca Frank

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Time Traveler for French

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The first known use of French was before the 12th century

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Dictionary Entries Near French

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French

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“French.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/French. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for French

French

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of French

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to France, its people, or their language

French

noun

English Language Learners Definition of French (Entry 2 of 2)

: the language of the French people
: the people of France : French people

French

adjective
\ ˈfrench How to pronounce French (audio) \

Kids Definition of French

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to France, its people, or the French language

French

noun

Kids Definition of French (Entry 2 of 2)

1 French plural : the people of France
2 : the language of the French people

French

noun
\ ˈfrench How to pronounce French (audio) \
plural French

Medical Definition of French

: a unit of measure equal to one-third millimeter used in measuring the outside diameter of a tubular instrument (as a catheter or sound) inserted into a bodily cavity the catheter shaft size is three FrenchMedical Industry Today abbreviation F

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