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frank

adjective \ ˈfraŋk \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of frank

1 :marked by free, forthright, and sincere expression
  • a frank reply
2 a :unmistakably evident
  • frank materialism
b :clinically evident and unmistakable
  • frank pus

frankness

noun

Examples of frank in a Sentence

  1. our ballet teacher is very frank about telling her students whether she thinks they have the talent for a career in dance

Did You Know?

The word frank comes from the name of the Franks, a West Germanic people who lived long ago. In the early Middle Ages the Franks were in power in France. (It was from them that the country got its name, in Latin Francia.) The Franks eventually merged with the earlier Gaulish and Roman inhabitants, and their name (Francus in Latin) lost its ethnic sense and referred to any inhabitant of Francia who was free, that is, not a slave or bondman. As an adjective, francus came to mean simply “free.” From the English adjective frank, which means “free” or “forthright,” we get the verb frank, which means “to mark mail with an official sign so that it may be mailed free.”

Origin and Etymology of frank

Middle English, free, from Anglo-French franc, from Medieval Latin francus, from Late Latin Francus Frank

Synonym Discussion of frank

frank, candid, open, plain mean showing willingness to tell what one feels or thinks. frank stresses lack of shyness or secretiveness or of evasiveness from considerations of tact or expedience.
    • frank discussions
candid suggests expression marked by sincerity and honesty especially in offering unwelcome criticism or opinion.
    • a candid appraisal
open implies frankness but suggests more indiscretion than frank and less earnestness than candid.
    • open in saying what they think
plain suggests outspokenness and freedom from affectation or subtlety in expression.
    • plain talk

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frank

verb

Definition of frank

transitive verb
1 a :to mark (a piece of mail) with an official signature or sign indicating the right of the sender to free mailing
b :to mail free
c :to affix to (mail) a stamp or a marking indicating the payment of postage
2 :to enable to pass or go freely or easily

frankable

play \ˈfraŋ-kə-bəl\ adjective

franker

noun

Origin and Etymology of frank

see 1frank

Other Postal Terms


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frank

noun

Definition of frank

1 a :the signature of the sender on a piece of franked mail serving in place of a postage stamp
b :a mark or stamp on a piece of mail indicating postage paid
c :a franked envelope
2 :the privilege of sending mail free of charge

Origin and Etymology of frank

see 1frank


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frank

noun

Definition of frank

First Known Use of frank

1904


Frank

noun \ ˈfraŋk \

Definition of Frank

:a member of a West Germanic tribal confederacy that entered the Roman provinces in a.d. 253, occupied the Netherlands and most of Gaul, and established themselves along the Rhine

Origin and Etymology of frank

Middle English, partly from Old English Franca; partly from Anglo-French Franc, from Late Latin Francus, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German Franko Frank, Old English Franca


Frank

biographical name \ ˈfraŋk , ˈfräŋk \

Definition of Frank

Anne 1929–1945 German-born diarist during the Holocaust

Frank

biographical name

Definition of Frank

Joachim 1940–     American (German-born) biochemist and biophysicist


FRANK Defined for English Language Learners

frank

adjective

Definition of frank for English Language Learners

  • —used to say that someone is speaking or writing in a very direct and honest way


FRANK Defined for Kids

frank

adjective \ ˈfraŋk \

Definition of frank for Students

:free in or characterized by freedom in expressing feelings and opinions
  • a frank discussion

frankly

adverb
  • spoke frankly

frankness

noun

Medical Dictionary

frank

adjective \ ˈfraŋk \

medical Definition of frank

:clinically evident
  • frank pus
  • frank gout


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