: any of various former basic monetary units (as in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg)
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 Meanwhile, the luxury segment of watches priced over 3,000 Swiss francs at export price contracted nearly 5 percent in units, but their value remained steady. Lily Templeton, WWD, 20 June 2024 However, provisions for legal risks from Swiss franc loan burdens at its Polish subsidiary mBank rose to €318 million from €173 million a year earlier, while revenue at the unit fell. Arno Schütze, Fortune Europe, 15 May 2024 With French warships threatening invasion, France, in 1825, demanded a ransom of 150 million gold francs, later reduced to 90 million, to compensate white settlers and slave owners for lost profits in what was once France’s richest Caribbean colony. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 20 June 2024 Christian explains that Marcel Boussac, with whom Lelong has beef (who doesn’t have beef with a billionaire?), has given him 6 million francs, equivalent to $116,000,000 in 2024. Carrie Wittmer, Vulture, 13 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for franc 

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Word History



First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of franc was in the 14th century

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“Franc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/franc. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the former basic unit of money of France and Belgium
: a basic unit of money (as of Switzerland)
: a coin representing one franc

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