\ 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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By the 27th time, when red finally hit, the gamblers were out millions of francs, and one winning bet on red wasn’t nearly enough to make up for the previous losses. Jeff Stibel, USA TODAY, "Your brain on gambling: Why we keep betting even when the chips are down," 10 June 2019 Thiam is entering the final stages of a three-year turnaround plan that included tapping shareholders for more than 10 billion francs of fresh capital and paring back investment banking., "Credit Suisse Reaps Wealth Management Rewards as Assets Soar," 25 Apr. 2018 The company’s shares, up sharply since the original DSV offer, were up 4.2% in trading Friday, to 155.3 Swiss francs. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Rival Logistics Operators Bid for Swiss Freight Major," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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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