franklin

noun
frank·​lin | \ ˈfraŋ-klən How to pronounce franklin (audio) \

Definition of franklin

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: a medieval English landowner of free but not noble birth

Franklin

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Frank·​lin | \ ˈfraŋ-klən How to pronounce Franklin (audio) \

Definition of Franklin (Entry 2 of 6)

Aretha (Louise) 1942–2018 American singer

Franklin

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Definition of Franklin (Entry 3 of 6)

Benjamin 1706–1790 American statesman and philosopher

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Definition of Franklin (Entry 4 of 6)

Sir John 1786–1847 English arctic explorer

Franklin

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Definition of Franklin (Entry 5 of 6)

Rosalind Elsie 1920–1958 English biophysicist

Franklin

geographical name
Frank·​lin | \ ˈfraŋ-klən How to pronounce Franklin (audio) \

Definition of Franklin (Entry 6 of 6)

1 city in east central Massachusetts population 31,635
2 town in central Tennessee south of Nashville population 62,487
3 city in southeastern Wisconsin, a south-southwestern suburb of Milwaukee population 35,451
4 former district in the northern part of the Northwest Territories, Canada, including the Arctic islands and Boothia and Melville peninsulas; area now divided between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories

First Known Use of franklin

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for franklin

Noun

Middle English frankeleyn, from Anglo-French franclein, from franc

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“Franklin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/franklin. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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