Definition of Frank

1. Noun. A member of the ancient Germanic peoples who spread from the Rhine into the Roman Empire in the 4th century.

Generic synonyms: European
Specialized synonyms: Salian, Salian Frank
Specialized synonyms: Clovis, Clovis I

2. Verb. Stamp with a postmark to indicate date and time of mailing.
Exact synonyms: Postmark
Generic synonyms: Stamp
Derivative terms: Postmark

3. Adjective. Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion. "A point-blank accusation"

4. Noun. A smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll.
Exact synonyms: Dog, Frankfurter, Hot Dog, Hotdog, Weenie, Wiener, Wienerwurst
Generic synonyms: Sausage
Specialized synonyms: Vienna Sausage
Group relationships: Hot Dog, Hotdog, Red Hot

5. Verb. Exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks.
Generic synonyms: Excuse, Exempt, Let Off, Relieve

6. Adjective. Clearly manifest; evident. "Frank enjoyment"
Similar to: Obvious

Definition of Frank

1. n. A pigsty.

2. v. t. To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.

3. n. The common heron; -- so called from its note.

4. a. Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.

5. v. t. To send by public conveyance free of expense.

6. n. The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to free of postage.

7. n. A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France.

Definition of Frank

1. Noun. One of the Franks, a Germanic federation that inhabited parts of what are now France, the Low Countries and Germany. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Germanic male given name). ¹

3. Proper noun. (surname from=Middle English) ¹

4. Adjective. honest, especially in an manner that seems slightly blunt. ¹

5. Noun. Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article). ¹

6. Noun. The notice on an envelope where a stamp would normally be found. ¹

7. Verb. To place a frank on an envelope. ¹

8. Noun. A hot dog or sausage. ¹

9. Noun. (U.K.) the grey heron. ¹

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Definition of Frank

1. honest and unreserved in speech [adj FRANKER, FRANKEST] / to mark (a piece of mail) for free delivery [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Frank

1. 1. A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France. 2. A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; a term used in the Levant. 3. A French coin. See Franc. Origin: Cf. F. Franc. See Frank. The common heron; so called from its note. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Frank

frangulic acid
frank (current term)
frank breech
frank breech delivery

Literary usage of Frank

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1880)
"frank (in the truss). Jove, what a day 1 Black Care upon the crupper Nods at ... frank. Sing you again. So musical a croaker Surely will draw the fish upon ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"1915 Anti-Semitism and the frank case. Lit Digest 50:85-6 Ja 15 '15 Appeal ... Outlook 110:492-3 Je 30 Everybody's 32:214-17 Mr '15 End of the frank case. ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"At the Restoration frank was re-established in his fellowship 10 Aug. 1660, and his learning and ... frank is chiefly known by a ' Course of Sermons for all ..."

4. Calendar of the Charter Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office by Great Britain Public Record Office, H. C. Maxwell Lyte, Alfred Edward Stamp (1908)
"... with all the land (placea] where it is situated, and the dike about it, saving to the donor and his heirs a rent of 12</. from the said land, in frank ..."

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