fran·​co·​phone ˈfraŋ-kə-ˌfōn How to pronounce francophone (audio)
often capitalized
: of, having, or belonging to a population using French as its first or sometimes second language
Francophone noun

Examples of francophone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, in largely francophone West Africa, France was once the dominant foreign power in nine of the region's 16 countries as of 1980 compared with only three today, according to our team’s Formal Bilateral Influence Capacity Index. Time, 3 Aug. 2023 The protests in Chad will add to further concerns by Western policymakers that more Francophone African countries will be taken over by military leaders that prefer to work with Russia rather than the West. Tom Collins, Quartz, 6 June 2022 This excellent collection of studies of six Francophone countries in the Sahel region of West Africa (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal) examines the impact of democratization on state building since the early 1990s. Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2020 Start with a traditional Martinique rhum agricole, like the unaged Clément Rhum Blanc or barrel-aged Rhum J.M Vieux Agricole VSOP, and then branch out beyond the francophone Caribbean to Belize (Copalli Rum) and Grenada (Renegade Rum). Susannah Skiver Barton, Bon Appétit, 16 Sep. 2022 In francophone west Africa where mobile money startup Wave became a unicorn last year, fintech could grow at 13%, while McKinsey’s estimate for Nigeria, and Egypt is 12%. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 30 Aug. 2022 Starting at a tutoring job in a francophone institution, one of his young students will be the strongest obstacle and most reliable guide on this journey. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 14 Aug. 2022 France remains omnipresent for many francophone African authors like Mr. Sarr, 32, who grew up in Senegal and has lived in France for the past dozen years. New York Times, 22 July 2022 But many anglophones like Ruth — a government worker who asked to be identified by only her first name to protect her from retribution — have defied the risk and have traveled to majority francophone cities to attend matches. New York Times, 5 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of francophone was in 1962

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“Francophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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