France

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See also: france and Francë

English

Map showing the location of France (in red).

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Etymology

From Middle English France, borrowed from Middle French France, from Old French France, from Latin Francia, from Francī, the name of a Germanic tribe, of unclear (but Proto-Germanic) origin.[1] Compare Frank. Displaced Francland, Francrīċe.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /fɹɑːns/, /fɹæns/
  • (US) IPA(key): /fɹæns/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑːns, -æns
  • Rhymes: -æns

Proper noun

France (plural Frances)

  1. A country in Western Europe which borders Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain. Official name: French Republic.
    • 1998, Shanny Peer, France on Display: Peasants, Provincials, and Folklore →ISBN, page 2:
      Although scholars have offered different chronologies and causalities for the move toward modernity, most have resolved the paradox of the two Frances by placing them in sequence: "diverse France gave way over time as modern centralized France gathered force."
    • 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Hollande told cheering supporters in his rural fiefdom of Corrèze in south-west France that he was best-placed to lead France towards change, saying the vote marked a "rejection" of Sarkozy and a "sanction" against his five years in office.
  2. A French surname​.
    Anatole France, a French poet, journalist, and novelist

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References

  1. ^ A. C. Murray, From Roman to Merovingian Gaul: A Reader. Broadview Press Ltd, 2000. p. 1.

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fʁɑ̃s/
  • (file)
  • (file)

Etymology

From Middle French France, from Old French France, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin Francia, from Francī, the name of a Germanic tribe.

Proper noun

France f

  1. France (country)
  2. A female given name
  3. A French surname​.

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Middle French

Etymology

From Old French France.

Pronunciation

Proper noun

France f

  1. France (country of the Europe)

Descendants


Norman

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old French France, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin Francia, from Francī, the name of a Germanic tribe.

Pronunciation

  • (file)

Proper noun

France f

  1. (Jersey) France

Old French

Excerpt from the Oxford manuscript of The Song of Roland showing 'francs' and 'france' without capital letters.

Alternative forms

  • france (manuscript form)

Etymology

From Medieval Latin or Late Latin Francia, from Francī, the name of a Germanic tribe.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfrãn.t͡sə/

Proper noun

France f (nominative singular France)

  1. France (country)

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