french fry

noun
variants: or French fry

Definition of french fry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strip of potato typically cooked by being fried in deep fat usually plural

french fry

verb
variants: or French fry
french fried or French fried; french frying or French frying; french fries or French fries

Definition of french fry (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fry (strips of potato or something similar) in deep fat until brown

First Known Use of french fry

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best air fryers.

Learn More About french fry

Time Traveler for french fry

Time Traveler

The first known use of french fry was in 1886

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near french fry

french fried potato

french fry

french fryer

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for french fry

Cite this Entry

“French fry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/french%20fry. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for french fry

french fry

noun, often capitalized 1st F

Kids Definition of french fry

: a strip of potato fried in deep fat

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!