french

verb, often capitalized
\ˈfrench \
frenched; frenching; frenches

Definition of french 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to trim the meat from the end of the bone of (something, such as a chop)

2 : to cut (green beans) in thin lengthwise strips before cooking

French

adjective
\ˈfrench \

Definition of French (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of France, its people, or their language

2 : of or relating to the overseas descendants of the French people

French

noun

Definition of French (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a Romance language that developed out of the Vulgar Latin spoken in northern and central Transalpine Gaul and that became the literary and official language of France

2  plural in construction : the French people

3 : strong language pardon my French

French

biographical name
\ˈfrench \

Definition of French (Entry 4 of 4)

Daniel Chester 1850–1931 American sculptor

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Other Words from french

Adjective

Frenchness noun

Examples of french in a Sentence

Noun

the customs of the French

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Starting from the top, start to french braid your hair. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "3 Super Cute Ways to Style Your Box Braids," 20 Mar. 2018 Have your butcher crack the roast's chine (backbone) and, for an elegant presentation, french the ribs (trim meat from ends of bone). Woman's Day, "Pork Loin with Cherry-Orange Compote," 17 Nov. 2011 The body was channeled 6 iches, widened 4 inches to fit over the frame like the original, '58 Chevy taillights were frenched into the rear panel and a 1932 Ford windshield was modified to fit. Houston Chronicle, "Two cars merge a family's history for current build of vintage roadster," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of french

Verb

circa 1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for french

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English frencisc, from Franca Frank

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

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More Definitions for french

French

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of French

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to France, its people, or their language

French

noun

English Language Learners Definition of French (Entry 2 of 2)

: the language of the French people

the French : the people of France : French people

French

adjective
\ˈfrench \

Kids Definition of French

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to France, its people, or the French language

French

noun

Kids Definition of French (Entry 2 of 2)

1 French plural : the people of France

2 : the language of the French people

French

noun
\ˈfrench \
plural French

Medical Definition of French 

: a unit of measure equal to one-third millimeter used in measuring the outside diameter of a tubular instrument (as a catheter or sound) inserted into a bodily cavity the catheter shaft size is three FrenchMedical Industry Today abbreviation F

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