\ ˈfraŋk How to pronounce franc (audio) \

Definition of franc

1 : any of various former basic monetary units (as in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg)
2 the basic monetary unit of Switzerland and a number of especially sub-Saharan nations in Africa — see Money Table

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Other European currencies, such as the Swiss franc, Norwegian krone and Polish zloty, also declined. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "ECB Stimulus Decision Sinks Euro," 7 Mar. 2019 The dollar was up 0.4% against the Swiss franc to 1.0040. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Gains on Economic Concerns in Europe," 11 Feb. 2019 Other safe havens, including gold, the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc either pared gains or drifted lower on Wednesday. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Utility Stocks Decline Even as Stocks Rally," 26 Dec. 2018 This breathtaking wine managed to change my mind about cab franc. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 The figure of Cormery’s domineering grandmother, taking a rawhide switch to the troublemaking boy or up to her elbow in a toilet recovering a two-franc piece, is a synecdoche for the country’s intransigence and desperation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 Typical market barometers of political risk like the Swiss franc and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Aerospace & Defense Index have risen in the past month. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "The Return of the Political-Risk Trade," 11 June 2018 FX Havens News that China would hit back with tariffs on roughly $3 billion of American goods initially sparked a rally in classic haven currencies such as the Japanese yen and Swiss franc. Brian Chappatta,, "Currency and Credit Markets Take Trade Tensions Mostly in Stride," 23 Mar. 2018 Back then, cheap foreign loans, including Swiss-franc mortgages taken out by individual households, had boosted consumption but quickly became hard to pay off. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of franc

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of franc

: a basic unit of money that is used in some countries where French is spoken and that was formerly used in France, Luxembourg, and Belgium also : a coin or bill representing one franc


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Kids Definition of franc

: any of various coins or bills used or once used in countries where French is widely spoken

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