franklin: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (frangk'lin), [key]
— n. Eng. Hist.
  1. (in the 14th and 15th centuries) a freeholder who was not of noble birth.


Pronunciation: (frangk'lin), [key]
— n.
  1. 1706–90, American statesman, diplomat, author, scientist, and inventor.
  2. 1786–1847, English Arctic explorer.
  3. born 1915, U.S. historian and educator.
  4. 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).
  5. a town in S Massachusetts. 18,217.
  6. a city in SE Wisconsin. 16,871.
  7. a town in central Tennessee. 12,407.
  8. a town in central Indiana. 11,563.
  9. a town in SW Ohio. 10,711.
  10. a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “freeholder.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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