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frank 1

adj. frank·er, frank·est
1. Open and sincere in expression; straightforward: made several frank remarks about the quality of their work.
2. Clearly manifest; evident: frank enjoyment.
tr.v. franked, frank·ing, franks
a. To put an official mark on (a piece of mail) so that it can be sent free of charge.
b. To send (mail) free of charge.
2. To place a stamp or mark on (a piece of mail) to show the payment of postage.
3. To enable (a person) to come and go freely.
a. A mark or signature placed on a piece of mail to indicate the right to send it free of charge.
b. The right to send mail free.
2. A franked piece of mail.

[Middle English, free, from Old French franc, from Late Latin Francus, Frank; see Frank.]

frank′ness n.
Synonyms: frank1, candid, forthright, outspoken, straightforward, open
These adjectives mean revealing or disposed to reveal one's thoughts freely and honestly. Frank implies directness, sometimes to the point of bluntness: "And yes, to be frank, the singing was atrocious" (Eileen Pollack).
Candid and forthright often suggest refusal to evade difficult or unpleasant issues: "Save, save, oh save me from the candid friend!" (George Canning)."He wanted his countrymen to know the truth, and he was forthright about the challenges they faced" (Sean Hannity).
Outspoken usually implies bold lack of reserve: "She is outspoken to the point of never holding back, on politics or much else" (Joseph Epstein).
Straightforward denotes directness of manner and expression: "George was a straightforward soul....'See here!' he said. 'Are you engaged to anybody?'" (Booth Tarkington).
Open suggests freedom from all trace of reserve or secretiveness: "I will be open and sincere with you" (Joseph Addison).

frank 2

n. Informal
A frankfurter.


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.

[Middle English, from Old English Franca and Old French Franc, both from Late Latin Francus, of Germanic origin.]
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Avril and John Winstanley, via email Post puzzle CAN anyone explain why the three post boxes (two pillar boxes and a franked mail box) outside St John's Precinct, opposite the old George Henry Lee building, have been sealed for nearly two months, with a notice citing "Health and Safety".
We have Welsh post boxes on poles, wall boxes, pillar boxes, Franked Mail Only boxes, Elizabethan, Victorian and Georgian boxes - we even boast double aperture boxes.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- "Return to sender" is the last thing on our mind when sealing an envelope addressed to loved ones or an important business contact, regardless of whether or not we are posting an item using regular standard franked mail or priority services.
There are 121 Postcode Areas in Britain that are set a minimum standard for First Class stamped and meter franked mail, except for the remote areas of Shetland, Orkney and Hebrides.
The discounts for letters are identical to those for franked mail. But for special delivery (9am), they are around 14% cheaper (18.88 [pounds sterling] plus VAT for a 2kg parcel versus 26.16 [pounds sterling] including VAT standard).
Some 93% of first class and franked mail was delivered the day after posting in the HD postcode area during the 2011-2012 financial year - well ahead of the minimum standard of 91.5%.
For Second Class stamped and franked mail, 98.5% arrived on time within three working days after posting, hitting the 98.5% target for this category of mail.
Few of us know our representatives as anything other than faces on TV, or senders of staff-written franked mail.
Although it has been superseded since, the earlier version of the guidance on using stationery and other resources said: "National Assembly for Wales headed stationery, franked mail, pre-paid envelopes, general office stationery items, and photocopying services are provided at public expense as an allowance for Members and must not be used for purposes which are not properly a charge on public funds."
Business people, who use the Oxbridge branch for franked mail and parcels, stated the closure would seriously affect their businesses.
Royal Mail's requests could also mean franked mail might not be delivered to every UK address although there would be an option to use a stamp instead, guaranteeing delivering.