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Meaning of FRANCHISE

Pronunciation:  'franchIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the right to vote)
  2. [n]  an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
  3. [n]  a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area
  4. [v]  grant a franchise to; in commerce

FRANCHISE is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: dealership
 See Also: business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, certify, concern, concession, grant, legal right, licence, license, right to vote, suffrage, vote



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fran"chise\ (? or ?; 277), n. [F., fr. franc, fem.
    franche, free. See {Frank}, a.]
    1. Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty.
       [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. (LAw) A particular privilege conferred by grant from a
       sovereign or a government, and vested in individuals; an
       imunity or exemption from ordinary jurisdiction; a
       constitutional or statutory right or privilege, esp. the
       right to vote.
             Election by universal suffrage, as modified by the
             Constitution, is the one crowning franchise of the
             American people.                      --W. H.
    3. The district or jurisdiction to which a particular
       privilege extends; the limits of an immunity; hence, an
       asylum or sanctuary.
             Churches and mobasteries in Spain are franchises for
             criminals.                            --London
    4. Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
       ``Franchise in woman.'' [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {Elective franchise}, the privilege or right of voting in an
       election of public officers.
  2. \Fran"chise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Franchised}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Franchising}.] [Cf. OF. franchir to free, F., to
    To make free; to enfranchise; to give liberty to. --Shak.
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