- Mrs.; Madam: German title of respect used to address a married woman: now also used to address a single woman, esp. in business
- a married woman
- a wife
Origin of FrauGerman from Old High German frouwa, mistress from Indo-European an unverified form pr?wo- from base an unverified form per-, beyond from source far, first, fore
nounpl. Frau·en, Abbr. Fr.
Used as a courtesy title in a German-speaking area before the surname or professional title of an adult woman. See Usage Note at miss2.
Origin of FrauGerman from Middle High German vrowe from Old High German frouwa ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.