frank·​lin | \ ˈfraŋ-klən How to pronounce franklin (audio) \

Definition of franklin

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: a medieval English landowner of free but not noble birth


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Frank·​lin | \ ˈfraŋ-klən How to pronounce Franklin (audio) \

Definition of Franklin (Entry 2 of 6)

Aretha (Louise) 1942–2018   American singer


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Definition of Franklin (Entry 3 of 6)

Benjamin 1706–1790 American statesman and philosopher


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Sir John 1786–1847 English arctic explorer


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Rosalind Elsie 1920–1958 English biophysicist


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Frank·​lin | \ ˈfraŋ-klən How to pronounce Franklin (audio) \

Definition of Franklin (Entry 6 of 6)

1 city in east central Massachusetts population 31,635
2 town in central Tennessee south of Nashville population 62,487
3 city in southeastern Wisconsin, a south-southwestern suburb of Milwaukee population 35,451
4 former district in the northern part of the Northwest Territories, Canada, including the Arctic islands and Boothia and Melville peninsulas; area now divided between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories

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Both Franklins fouled out late in the game; center Matt Lanzone fouled out in the middle of the final quarter. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, "Villa Park battles to the end, but loses 2AA final," 4 Mar. 2017 Suter 2x4; Meek 3x4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Bittle 2B; Bossman 2B. SHELDON 8, FRANKLIN 0 Franklin 000 000 — 0 1 1 Sheldon 102 203 — 8 11 0 F–Keinath and Sarnecki; S–Miles, Owen (6) and Moreno. Sacbee,, "Thursday’s High School Scoreboard for April 27, 2017," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of franklin


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for franklin


Middle English frankeleyn, from Anglo-French franclein, from franc

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