transitive verb-·chised·, -·chis·ing
- to free from slavery, bondage, legal obligation, etc.
- to give a franchise to; specif., to admit to citizenship, esp. to the right to vote
Origin of enfranchiseMiddle English enfraunchisen from Old French enfranchiss-, stem of enfranchir, to set free, enfranchise from en-, in + franchir, to set free from franc: see frank