Frank definition

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Open and sincere in expression; straightforward.

Made several frank remarks about the quality of their work.

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Open and honest in expressing what one thinks or feels; straightforward; candid.
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Clearly manifest; evident.

Frank enjoyment.

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An envelope, etc. that has been franked.
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To place a stamp or mark on (a piece of mail) to show the payment of postage.
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A franked piece of mail.
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A frankfurter.
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Free from reserve, disguise, or guile; clearly evident; plain.

Showing frank distaste.

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A male given name.
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A surname​.
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The definition of frank is a person who is honest and direct.

An example of frank is someone telling a potential employee during the interview that they will get the job.

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To enable (a person) to come and go freely.
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To put an official mark on (a piece of mail) so that it can be sent free of charge.
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To send (mail) free of charge.
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A mark or signature placed on a piece of mail to indicate the right to send it free of charge.
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The right to send mail free.
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A member of one of the Germanic tribes of the Rhine region in the early Christian era, especially one of the Salian Franks who conquered Gaul about ad 500 and established an extensive empire that reached its greatest power in the ninth century.
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(archaic) Free in giving; generous.
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To make easy the passage of (a person); allow to pass freely.
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To send (mail) free of postage, as by virtue of an official position.
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To mark (mail) as with one's signature so that it can be sent free.
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To put a stamp on or meter (mail) to prepay postage.
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The privilege of sending mail free.
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A mark, signature, or stamp on mail for, or in place of, postage.
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A member of the group of related Germanic peoples that established the Frankish Empire, which, at its height (beginning of the 9th cent. a.d.), extended over what is now France, Germany, and Italy.
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(person) 1929-45; Jewish victim of the Holocaust, born in Germany: known for diary (published 1947) kept while in hiding in Amsterdam (1942-44): died in Bergen-Belsen.
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Frankish.
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Honest, especially in an manner that seems slightly blunt; candid; not reserved or disguised.

May I be frank with you?

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(medicine) Unmistakable, clinically obvious, self-evident.

The research probes whether treating pre-diabetes with metformin can prevent progression to frank diabetes.

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(uncountable) Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article).
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(countable) The notice on an envelope where a stamp would normally be found.
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To place a frank on an envelope.
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To exempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
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To send by public conveyance free of expense.

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A hot dog or sausage.

Buy a package of franks for the barbecue.

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(UK) The grey heron.
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To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.

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One of the Franks, a Germanic federation that inhabited parts of what are now France, the Low Countries and Germany.
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Frank is defined as to send mail without paying for postage.

An example of to frank is when a U.S. Senator sends a letter to their constituents and does not have to put postage on the letter.

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(name, person, proper) A masculine name: dim. Frankie.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
frank
Plural:
franks

Adjective

Base Form:
frank
Comparative:
franker
Superlative:
frankest

Origin of frank

  • Middle English from Old English Franca Old French Franc both from Late Latin Francus of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English free from Old French franc from Late Latin Francus Frank Frank

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English Frank, partially from Old English Franca (“a Frank”); and partially from Old French Franc, and/or Latin Francus (“A Frank”), from Frankish *Franko (“a Frank”); both from Proto-Germanic *frankô (“javelin”). Cognate with Old High German Franko (“a Frank”), Old English franca (“spear, javelin”). Compare Saxon, ultimately a derivative of Proto-Germanic *sahsą (“knife, dagger”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally derived from the medieval tribal name, revived in the 19th century and also used as a diminutive of Francis.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French franc (“free”), in turn from the name of an early Germanic confederation, the Franks.

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortened form of frankfurter.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old French franc.

    From Wiktionary