franklin

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noun frank·lin \ˈfraŋ-klən\

Definition of franklin

  1. :  a medieval English landowner of free but not noble birth

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Origin and Etymology of franklin

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


Franklin

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biographical name Frank·lin \ˈfraŋ-klən\

Definition of Franklin

  1. Aretha (Louise) 1942–   American singer


Franklin

biographical name frank·lin

Definition of Franklin

  1. Benjamin 1706–1790 American statesman and philosopher


Franklin

biographical name frank·lin

Definition of Franklin

  1. Sir John 1786–1847 English arctic explorer


Franklin

biographical name frank·lin

Definition of Franklin

  1. Rosalind Elsie 1920–1958 English biophysicist


Franklin

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geographical name Frank·lin \ˈfraŋ-klən\

Definition of Franklin

  1. 1 city in east central Massachusetts population 31,635

  2. 2 town in central Tennessee south of Nashville population 62,487

  3. 3 city in southeastern Wisconsin, a south-southwestern suburb of Milwaukee population 35,451

  4. 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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