\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web In July, Gottstein had announced a package of strategic initiatives that were projected to yield gross savings of 400-450 million franc ($430-480 million) annually from next year. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Archegos collapse plunges Credit Suisse back into crisis," 6 Apr. 2021 Steinmetz, who was on trial with two other defendants who received lesser penalties, was ordered to pay a 50-million-Swiss franc ($56.5 million) fine. Jamey Keaten, Star Tribune, "Israeli diamond tycoon convicted in Swiss corruption trial," 22 Jan. 2021 The absurdity of putting the Swiss franc and the dong in the same basket brings back memories of May 1, 2002. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of December 14," 18 Dec. 2020 Switzerland’s intervention, designed to prevent the Swiss franc from appreciating against the dollar, was particularly massive. Washington Post, "U.S. Treasury labels Vietnam, Switzerland as currency manipulators," 16 Dec. 2020 With that in mind, Mr. Arnault won the bidding war for Boussac, buying the group for a symbolic one franc. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Tiffany Deal Is a Signature Move by the Sun Tzu of Luxury," 30 Oct. 2020 Still, the franc has gained 5.6% against the dollar this year and traded Monday at $1.09 apiece. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Investors Bet on Swiss Franc’s Rise Despite Central Bank Intervention," 5 Oct. 2020 Last December, the West African Economic and Monetary Union bloc of eight mostly French-speaking countries agreed to start phasing out the seven-decade-old common CFA franc this year. Leanne De Bassompierre,, "Ivorian President Doesn’t See Move From CFA Within Three Years," 26 Sep. 2020 Every dollar/euro/Congolese franc that gets to her programs makes a huge difference to the people there. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global stocks climb ahead of today’s historic U.S. jobless claims report," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of franc

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Franc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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