\ 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 Cabernet franc now emerges in more and more places. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 28 May 2021 What reasonable policy options does the U.S. Treasury have in ensuring that the Swiss franc, Vietnam dong, New Taiwan dollar and currencies of major trading partner are not misaligned or undervalued? Vasuki Shastry, Forbes, 15 May 2021 In July, Gottstein had announced a package of strategic initiatives that were projected to yield gross savings of 400-450 million franc ($430-480 million) annually from next year. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2021 Steinmetz, who was on trial with two other defendants who received lesser penalties, was ordered to pay a 50-million-Swiss franc ($56.5 million) fine. Jamey Keaten, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 The absurdity of putting the Swiss franc and the dong in the same basket brings back memories of May 1, 2002. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 18 Dec. 2020 Switzerland’s intervention, designed to prevent the Swiss franc from appreciating against the dollar, was particularly massive. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2020 With that in mind, Mr. Arnault won the bidding war for Boussac, buying the group for a symbolic one franc. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2020 Still, the franc has gained 5.6% against the dollar this year and traded Monday at $1.09 apiece. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2020

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of franc

: a basic unit of money that is used in some countries where French is spoken and that was formerly used in France, Luxembourg, and Belgium also : a coin or bill representing one franc


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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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