Frank

Definition of Frank

Pronunciation: frăņk
n.1.A pigsty.
v. t.1.To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.
n.1.(Zool.) The common heron; - so called from its note.
a.1.Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.
2.Free in uttering one's real sentiments; not reserved; using no disguise; candid; ingenuous; as, a frank nature, conversation, manner, etc.
3.Liberal; generous; profuse.
Frank of civilities that cost them nothing.
- L'Estrange.
4.Unrestrained; loose; licentious; - used in a bad sense.
v. t.1.To send by public conveyance free of expense.
[imp. & p. p. franked (frăņkt); p. pr. & vb. n. franking.]
2.To extempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
n.1.The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the sign, mark, or signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to go free of postage. Called also the franking privilege.
I have said so much, that, if I had not a frank, I must burn my letter and begin again.
- Cowper.
1.(Ethnol.) A member of one of the German tribes that in the fifth century overran and conquered Gaul, and established the kingdom of France.
2.A native or inhabitant of Western Europe; a European; - a term used in the Levant.
3.A French coin. See Franc.

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