\ 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

Examples of franc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Getting right to the point, the Swiss franc is all over the world, while the Argentine peso isn’t. John Tamny, Forbes, 19 June 2022 The Swiss franc jumped 1.6% against the dollar and 1.8% against the euro after the Swiss National Bank increased its policy rate by half-a-percentage point, to minus 0.25% from minus 0.75%. WSJ, 16 June 2022 Switzerland's labour union federation criticised the rate hike, saying the SNB was allowing the strong franc to rise further, putting jobs and wages at risk. Reuters, CNN, 16 June 2022 Switzerland uses the Swiss franc, which rose to a record high last year against the euro. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2022 The Swiss franc weakened to trade at parity with the dollar for the first time since late 2019., 12 May 2022 Switzerland uses the Swiss franc instead of the euro. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 7 June 2022 Last week, the Swiss franc weakened to parity with the dollar for the first time in two years, and the Japanese yen is at its lowest level since 2002, bringing an unwanted source of inflation to a country that is used to low or falling prices. New York Times, 20 May 2022 The dollar-franc pair rose as much as 0.6 percent to 1.0001 on Thursday., 12 May 2022 See More

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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 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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