Definition of Franklin

1. Noun. United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915).

Exact synonyms: John Hope Franklin
Generic synonyms: Historian, Historiographer

2. Noun. Printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790).

3. Noun. A landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth.
Geographical relationships: England
Generic synonyms: Landholder, Landowner, Property Owner

Definition of Franklin

1. n. An English freeholder, or substantial householder.

Definition of Franklin

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

2. Proper noun. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat, and one of the Founding Fathers. ¹

3. Proper noun. (surnames male given name) transferred from the surname, partly in honor of Benjamin Franklin. ¹

4. Noun. (US informal) A one-hundred-dollar bill, which carries the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. ¹

5. Noun. (qualifier obsolete except historical) A freeholder, especially as belonging to a class of landowners in the 14th and 15th century ranking below the gentry. ¹

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Definition of Franklin

1. a medieval English landowner [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Franklin

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frankincense pine
franking machine
franklin (current term)
franklinic taste

Literary usage of Franklin

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

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"Mrs. franklin l poetry obtained in its day a certain social success, hut it has none of the elements of vitality, and is now quite forgotten. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"SEPTEMBER 21, 1917] SCIENCE ERASMUS DARWIN AND BENJAMIN franklin EXTRACTS from two previously unpublished letters from Erasmus Darwin to Benjamin franklin ..."

3. The American Revolution by George Otto Trevelyan (1907)
"He was a great ambassador, of a type which the world had never seen before, and will never see again until it contains another Benjamin franklin. ..."

4. 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 (1912)
"The Life of Benjamin franklin. NY, 1794. The Life of Benjamin franklin. Plma., 1794. ... Works of B. franklin. Works of R. franklin. Works of В franklin. ..."

5. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1913)
"franklin, Fabian, 1863- High prices and the theorists. No. ... franklin Institute, Philadelphia. franklin institute treasures. HD Jones. II. ..."

6. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"Two sections of road were constructed at franklin Grove, onc an extension of macadam work done by the local commissioners on the franklin Grove and Oregon ..."

7. The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans by James Herring, James Barton Longacre, American Academy of the Fine Arts (1835)
"-franklin was unquestionably a very remarkable man; one who, ... This is not said with any view of detracting from the eminent merit of Dr. franklin, ..."

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