franklin

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

Definition of franklin

: a medieval English landowner of free but not noble birth

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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“Franklin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/franklin. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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