franchise

noun
fran·​chise | \ ˈfran-ˌchīz How to pronounce franchise (audio) \
plural franchises

Definition of franchise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the right or license granted to an individual or group to market a company's goods or services in a particular territory also : a business granted such a right or license just opened a new fast-food franchise down the street
(2) : the territory involved in such a right
b : a constitutional or statutory right or privilege especially : the right to vote
c : a special privilege granted to an individual or group especially : the right to be and exercise the powers of a corporation
2a : the right of membership in a professional sports league
b : a team and its operating organization having such membership He's the best player in the history of the franchise.
3 : a series of related works (such as novels or films) each of which includes the same characters or different characters that are understood to exist and interact in the same fictional universe with characters from the other works The main reason we all keep going back to the "Mission: Impossible" franchise is the stunts, of course. Watching Ethan Hunt as he scales mountains, jumps onto planes and dangles from skyscrapers fills us with eye-rolling delight.— Randy Myers Rowling's seven Harry Potter novels sold more than 500 million copies. Its respective film franchise drummed up over $7 billion at the box office.— Dory Jackson
4 : freedom or immunity from some burden or restriction vested in a person or group

franchise

verb
franchised; franchising

Definition of franchise (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to grant a franchise to
2 archaic : free

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Synonyms & Antonyms for franchise

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of franchise in a Sentence

Noun She was granted an exclusive franchise in the city's west end. They just opened a new fast-food franchise down the street. The U.S. did not extend the franchise to women until the early 20th century. He's the best player in the history of the franchise.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is Tampa Bay's second World Series appearance in franchise history, with the other coming in 2008. Amir Vera And Kevin Dotson, CNN, "Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series to face off with the Tampa Bay Rays," 19 Oct. 2020 The Steelers are now 5-0 for only the second time in franchise history, the other being 1978 – when the Steel Curtain went on to win Super Bowl XIII. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season," 19 Oct. 2020 Claypool’s rapid development gives Roethlisberger another target in an offense that has scored at least 26 points in its first four games for the first time in franchise history. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Browns vs. Steelers live stream (10/18): How to watch NFL Week 6 online, TV, time," 18 Oct. 2020 The Ravens have forced a turnover in 19 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL and second-longest in franchise history. Rob Maaddi, Star Tribune, "Ravens hold on for 30-28 win over depleted Eagles," 18 Oct. 2020 About 20 minutes after Orlando City picked up a frustrating draw, Toronto FC beat Atlanta United and helped the Lions clinch a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City draws New York Red Bulls; clinches first playoff bid," 18 Oct. 2020 Tampa Bay right-hander Charlie Morton limited Houston to two hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings and was backed by two home runs at Petco Park, leading the Rays’ to a 4-2 win that delivered the second World Series berth in franchise history. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tampa Bay headed to World Series after beating Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of ALCS," 17 Oct. 2020 The Panthers' 114 first downs are the most through five game in franchise history. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "The Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers are headed for a 3rd-down showdown: ‘For us, they’re never in until they’re in’," 17 Oct. 2020 As one of the greatest point guards in franchise history who led the Pistons to a championship in 2004, Billups' name has appeared in the rumor mill as a potential candidate to join Detroit's front office. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Chauncey Billups hired as lead assistant coach for Los Angeles Clippers: Report," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anthony Davis racked up 19 points, including a crucial last-minute bucket, 15 rebounds, 3 assists in Game 6, bringing the Lakers franchise its seventeenth title in its storied history. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Los Angeles Lakers win NBA Finals; LeBron James secures his fourth championship," 12 Oct. 2020 Prescott doesn’t have a contract for 2021 and the Cowboys could possibly franchise him for $37.6 million or try to extend him for a much lower contract. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "5 thoughts from Cowboys-Giants: Dallas survives, but Dak Prescott’s injury changes the entire 2020 season," 11 Oct. 2020 Ten years ago, Kim scrapped her plans to franchise a Jimmy John's and opened her own shop — Pizzeria Lola. CBS News, "How Minneapolis chef Ann Kim is forging ahead with her new restaurant plans," 1 Sep. 2020 Lafrenière would infuse high-end talent, fresh legs and excitement to franchise that has slipped in recent years. Jimmy Hascup, USA TODAY, "NHL draft lottery: Ranking the eight teams 1-8 in terms of who is least deserving of No. 1 pick," 10 Aug. 2020 But running back isn’t nearly as loaded for the draft, and with his performance last season — particularly in leading the Titans to the AFC title game — Derrick Henry should be at the top of many lists if Tennessee doesn’t franchise him. Barry Wilner, The Denver Post, "Tom Brady uncertainty overshadows other NFL free agency options," 10 Mar. 2020 But beyond that, the company is implementing enough new procedures to fill a 59-page playbook being distributed to franchise owners to prepare them for reopening. cleveland, "McDonald’s not ready to reopen dining rooms in Ohio just yet," 22 May 2020 The team is still planning to franchise tag Green if a long-term deal isn’t reached before March 10. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals notebook: Team wants to sign A.J. Green and Joe Mixon to extensions," 27 Feb. 2020 Both Robbie and Yan are hemmed in by a system of production, endemic to franchise movies, that reduces the role of a director to that of a glorified functionary and closes off the margins for exploration. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Birds of Prey,” Reviewed: The Wasted Exertions of Margot Robbie," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of franchise

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for franchise

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from franchir to free, from franc free — more at frank

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The first known use of franchise was in the 14th century

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22 Oct 2020

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“Franchise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/franchise. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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franchise

noun
How to pronounce franchise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of franchise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the right to sell a company's goods or services in a particular area also : a business that is given such a right
: the right to vote
US, sports : a team that is a member of a professional sports league

franchise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of franchise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to offer the right to sell (your company's goods or services) in a particular area

franchise

noun
fran·​chise | \ ˈfran-ˌchīz How to pronounce franchise (audio) \

Legal Definition of franchise

1 : a special right or privilege granted by the government to an individual, group, or business entity: as
a : a right to conduct a business and especially to be and to exercise the powers of a corporation
b : a right granted to a public utility company to provide services and to use public land for that purpose
2 : a constitutional or statutory right especially : the right to vote used with the restricting them in employment, education, the franchise, legal personality, and public accommodation — W. H. Burns
3 : a right or license that is granted to an individual or group to market a company's goods or services in a particular territory under the company's trademark, trade name, or service mark and that often involves the use of rules and procedures designed by the company and services (as advertising) and facilities provided by the company in return for fees, royalties, or other compensation also : a business granted such a right or license ran a fast-food franchise
4a : an amount of liability (as a percentage or sum) specified in an insurance contract below which an insurer disclaims liability and above which the insurer assumes total liability — compare deductible
b : group insurance covering fewer than the minimum number of participants required by law for such coverage

History and Etymology for franchise

Anglo-French, literally, freedom, liberty, from Middle French, from franchir to free, from Old French franc free

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