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franchise

Noun

1 an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
2 a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area [syn: dealership]
3 a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote) [syn: enfranchisement] v : grant a franchise to

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English

Etymology 1

Old and Modern French, from franc, frank, free + -ise

Noun

  1. A right or privilege officially granted to a person or a company by a government; an acknowledgment of a corporation's existence and ownership.
  2. The authorization granted by a company to sell or distribute its goods or services in a certain area; the grantor or recipient of such authorization.
  3. A legal exemption from jurisdiction.
  4. The membership of a corporation or state; citizenship.
  5. The right of voting at a public election.
  6. An excellent player in a team sport.
Translations
A right or privilege officially granted to a person or a company by a government
The authorization granted by a company to sell or distribute its goods or services in a certain area; the grantor or recipient of such authorization
A legal exemption from jurisdiction
The membership of a corporation or state; citizenship
The right of voting at a public election
An excellent player in a team sport

Etymology 2

From French franchir

Verb

  1. To confer certain powers on; grant a franchise to; authorize.
  2. In the context of "transitive|rare": To set free; invest with a franchise or privilege; enfranchise.

French

Pronunciation

Noun

franchise

Extensive Definition

Franchise generally means a right or privilege. It may refer to:
franchise in German: Franchise
franchise in French: Franchise
franchise in Dutch: Franchise
franchise in Scots: Franchise
franchise in Simple English: Franchise

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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