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frank·lin

 (frăng′klĭn)
n.
A medieval English freeholder of nonnoble birth holding extensive property.

[Middle English frankelein, from Anglo-Norman fraunclein, from Anglo-Norman franc; see frank1.]

franklin

(ˈfræŋklɪn)
n
(Historical Terms) (in 14th- and 15th-century England) a substantial landholder of free but not noble birth
[C13: from Anglo-French fraunclein, from Old French franc free, on the model of chamberlain]

Franklin

(ˈfræŋklɪn)
n
1. (Biography) Aretha (əˈriːθə) born 1942, US soul, pop, and gospel singer; noted for her songs "Respect" (1967), "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968), and, with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (1987)
2. (Biography) Sir John. 1786–1847, English explorer of the Arctic: lieutenant-governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) (1836–43): died while on a voyage to discover the Northwest Passage
3. (Biography) Rosalind. 1920–58, British x-ray crystallographer. She contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA, before her premature death from cancer

frank•lin

(ˈfræŋk lɪn)

n.
(in England in the 14th and 15th centuries) a freeholder who was not of noble birth.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French]

Frank•lin

(ˈfræŋk lɪn)

n.
1. Benjamin, 1706–90, American statesman and inventor.
2. Sir John, 1786–1847, British Arctic explorer.
3. a district in extreme N Canada, in the Northwest Territories, including the Boothia and Melville peninsulas, Baffin Island, and other Arctic islands. 549,253 sq. mi. (1,422,565 sq. km).

Franklin

An automobile that used an air-cooled engine and was made in Syracuse, NY from 1901–1934.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Franklin - United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
2.Franklin - printer whose success as an author led him to take up politicsFranklin - 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.franklin - a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth
England - a division of the United Kingdom
landholder, landowner, property owner - a holder or proprietor of land
Translations

franklin

n (Hist) → Freisasse m
References in classic literature ?
The franklin he hath gone to roam, The franklin's maid she bides at home, But she is cold and coy and staid, And who may win the franklin's maid?
Powell's description Franklin was a short, thick black- haired man, bald on the top.
Franklin remained still for a moment and then started slowly to go on deck.
Franklin grew very uncomfortable, but the captain asked negligently:
You don't look quite yourself, sir," Franklin owned up.
You seem to have a confoundedly piercing eye," said the captain in such an aggressive tone that Franklin was moved to defend himself.
Franklin thought there was no more to hear, and made a movement to leave the saloon.
Franklin Blake, and held a short conversation with me, as follows:--
Franklin, "I have been to the lawyer's about some family matters; and, among other things, we have been talking of the loss of the Indian Diamond, in my aunt's house in Yorkshire, two years since.
Franklin proceeded; "and we have certain persons concerned in those events who are capable of relating them.
Franklin, I imagine, must have seen my private sentiments in my face.
John Hope Franklin, Mirror To America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin.