frank

adjective
\ˈfraŋk \

Definition of frank 

(Entry 1 of 7)

1 : marked by free, forthright, and sincere expression a frank reply

2a : unmistakably evident frank materialism

b : clinically evident and unmistakable frank pus

frank

verb
franked; franking; franks

Definition of frank (Entry 2 of 7)

transitive verb

1a : 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

frank

noun (1)

Definition of frank (Entry 3 of 7)

1a : 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

frank

noun (2)

Definition of frank (Entry 4 of 7)

Frank

noun (3)
\ˈfraŋk \

Definition of Frank (Entry 5 of 7)

: 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

Frank

biographical name (1)
\ˈfraŋk, ˈfräŋk\

Definition of Frank (Entry 6 of 7)

Anne 1929–1945 German-born diarist during the Holocaust

Frank

biographical name (2)

Definition of Frank (Entry 7 of 7)

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

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Other Words from frank

Adjective

frankness noun

Verb

frankable \ˈfraŋ-​kə-​bəl \ adjective
franker noun

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Adjective

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

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.”

Examples of frank in a Sentence

Adjective

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

First Known Use of frank

Adjective

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1904, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frank

Adjective

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

Verb

see frank entry 1

Noun (1)

see frank entry 1

Noun (3)

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

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The first known use of frank was before the 12th century

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frank

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of frank

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

frank

adjective
\ˈfraŋk \

Kids Definition of frank

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

Other Words from frank

frankly adverb spoke frankly
frankness noun

frank

adjective
\ˈfraŋk \

Medical Definition of frank 

: clinically evident frank pus frank gout

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