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French

See also: french

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English Frenche, Frensch, Frensc, Frenkisch, Franche, from Old English frencisc (French, literally Frankish), equivalent to Frank +‎ -ish. Cognate with Danish fransk (French), Swedish fransk, fransysk (French), Icelandic franska (French). Compare Frankish.

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French

  1. A Romance language spoken primarily in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Valle d'Aosta and many former French colonies.
    • 1997, Albert Valdman, French and Creole in Louisiana, page 29
      Almost three quarters of the population 65 and older reported speaking French.
    • 2004, Jack Flam, Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship, page 18
      Although he would spend the rest of his life in France, Picasso never mastered the language, and during those early years he was especially self-conscious about how bad his French was.

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French

  1. (collective in the plural) People of France, collectively.
    The French and the English have often been at war.
    • 2002, Jeremy Thornton, The French and Indian War, page 14
      On the way, scouts reported that some French were heading toward them across the ice.
  2. (informal) Vulgar language.
    Pardon my French.

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When used to refer collectively to people of France, the word French is preceded by the definite article or some other determiner.

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French (comparative more French, superlative most French)

  1. Of or relating to France.
    the French border with Italy
  2. Of or relating to the people or culture of France.
    French customs
  3. Of or relating to the French language.
    French verbs

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French (third-person singular simple present Frenches, present participle Frenching, simple past and past participle Frenched)

  1. (transitive) To kiss (another person) while inserting one’s tongue into the other person's mouth.
    • 1988, Wanda Coleman, A War of Eyes and other stories, page 151
      Tom frenched her full in the mouth.
  2. (intransitive) To kiss in this manner.
    • 1995, Jack Womack, Random Acts of Senseless Violence, page 87
      Even before I thought about what I was doing we Frenched and kissed with tongues.

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