adjective, often capitalized
fran·​co·​phone | \ ˈfraŋ-kə-ˌfōn How to pronounce francophone (audio) , -kō- \

Definition of francophone

: of, having, or belonging to a population using French as its first or sometimes second language

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Francophone noun

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Recent Examples on the Web According to the latest Gates Foundation report, released today (Sept. 17), half the children under age six in francophone Africa lack basic numeracy and literacy. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Bill Gates shares the ultimate recipe for achieving global literacy," 16 Sep. 2019 But the most exquisite francophone contributions to Italian cuisine are the delicate, intricate pastries from Parma. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 The annual Gala de la SOCAN in Montréal, the awards ceremony for SOCAN's francophone members, will take place in October. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes, peermusic & Sarah McLachlan Honored at 29th Annual SOCAN Awards," 21 June 2018 Welcome to the reality of the manufacturing industry in Chaudière-Appalaches, a district in the francophone province of Quebec that boasts 3 percent unemployment -- the lowest in Canada, with a national jobless rate of 6.2 percent. Frederic Tomesco,, "Quebec’s Small-Town Jobs Boom Needs Big-City Immigrant Workers," 2 Nov. 2017 The killing of 18 people in the capital of the small francophone country was practically a mirror image of the terror attack that left 29 dead in a hotel in Burkina Faso in January 2016. Joop Koopman, National Review, "Covert ‘Arabization’ Threatens Moderate Islam in Africa," 8 Sep. 2017 Much like the title of Celine Dion’s hit francophone album, Encore un Soir, Chanel’s many-petaled evening look holds all the intrigue of a romantic night out in Paris. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Near. Far. Wherever Celine Dion is, we know this fashionista will turn heads," 21 July 2017 Majdalani’s novels are much praised in the Francophone world, and with good reason. Suzanne Joinson, New York Times, "A Heart-of-Darkness Tale in the North African Desert, With Jokes," 2 June 2017 Perel is small and blond, with an elfin face, intense, peppy charisma, and a Francophone accent that serves to bolster her psychoanalytic and erotic authority. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Esther Perel Lets Us Listen In on Couples’ Secrets," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of francophone

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Francophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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