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 subSaharan nations in Africa — see money table
Recent Examples of franc from the Web
One FIFA official's 10-year-old daughter received a deposit of two million Swiss francs in her bank account.
The 3.28 billion Swiss francs ($3.4 billion) stake is the largest ever taken by the hedge fund, which pressed for change in recent years at U.S. internet firm Yahoo (yhoo) and Japan's Sony (sne, +0.29%).
In 1998, a friendly salesman explained to him that a paperback doesn’t cost much more than a franc to make — a fact that had an immediate effect on Safrat.
Before Monday, the government had issued about $7.5 billion of dollar and Swiss franc-bonds this year as part of a financing plan that has earmarked for $10 billion in foreign sales.
When the man could not reasonably defend the factuality of the posts’ claims, he was fined 4,000 Swiss francs by the court.
Those caught disobeying the new law, put into effect on Monday, will have to pay a symbolic five francs, that will allegedly go to help protect the environment around the town.
The property's vineyards now feature about 10 growing acres of chardonnay and cabernet franc grapes, which are influenced by proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound.
Its shares rose 0.4 percent to 245 francs by close of trade Wednesday.
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Origin and Etymology of franc
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
FRANC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of franc for English Language Learners
: 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
FRANC Defined for Kids
Definition of franc for Students
: any of various coins or bills used or once used in countries where French is widely spoken
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