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frank•lin  (frangklin),USA pronunciation n. [Eng. Hist.]
  1. World History(in the 14th and 15th centuries) a freeholder who was not of noble birth.
  • Anglo-French fraunclein, equivalent. to fraunc free, frank1 + -lein -ling1; formed on the model of Old French chamberlain chamberlain
  • Middle English fra(u)nkelin 1250–1300

Frank•lin  (frangklin),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalBenjamin, 1706–90, American statesman, diplomat, author, scientist, and inventor.
  2. BiographicalSir John, 1786–1847, English Arctic explorer.
  3. BiographicalJohn Hope, born 1915, U.S. historian and educator.
  4. Place Namesa 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).
  5. Place Namesa town in S Massachusetts. 18,217.
  6. Place Namesa city in SE Wisconsin. 16,871.
  7. Place Namesa town in central Tennessee. 12,407.
  8. Place Namesa town in central Indiana. 11,563.
  9. Place Namesa town in SW Ohio. 10,711.
  10. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning "freeholder.''

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Franklin /ˈfræŋklɪn/ n
  1. Aretha (əˈriːθə) born 1942, US soul, pop, and gospel singer
  2. Benjamin 1706–90, American statesman, scientist, and author. He helped draw up the Declaration of Independence (1776) and, as ambassador to France (1776–85), he negotiated an alliance with France and a peace settlement with Britain. As a scientist, he is noted particularly for his researches in electricity, esp his invention of the lightning conductor
  3. 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
  4. Rosalind. 1920–58, British x-ray crystallographer. She contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA, before her premature death from cancer

franklin /ˈfræŋklɪn/ n
  1. (in 14th- and 15th-century England) a substantial landholder of free but not noble birth
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-French fraunclein, from Old French franc free, on the model of chamberlain

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