French
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English frencisc, from Franca Frank Date: before 12th century 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of France, its people, or their language 2. of or relating to the overseas descendants of the French people • Frenchness noun II. noun Date: 12th century 1. a Romance language that developed out of the Vulgar Latin spoken in northern and central Transalpine Gaul and that became the literary and official language of France 2. plural in construction the French people 3. strong language <
pardon my French
>
III. biographical name Daniel Chester 1850-1931 American sculptor

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