franchise
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from franchir to free, from franc free — more at frank Date: 14th century 1. freedom or immunity from some burden or restriction vested in a person or group 2. a. a special privilege granted to an individual or group; especially the right to be and exercise the powers of a corporation b. a constitutional or statutory right or privilege; especially the right to vote c. (1) the right or license granted to an individual or group to market a company's goods or services in a particular territory; also a business granted such a right or license (2) the territory involved in such a right 3. a. the right of membership in a professional sports league b. a team and its operating organization having such membership II. transitive verb (franchised; franchising) Date: 14th century 1. archaic free 2. to grant a franchise to

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  • franchise — [ frɑ̃ʃiz ] n. f. • déb. XIIe; de 2. franc 1 ♦ Vx Liberté, indépendance. ♢ Anciennt Droit (privilège, immunité, etc.) limitant l autorité souveraine au profit d une ville, d un corps, d un individu. Charte, lettre de franchise (cf. Ville franche) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • franchisé — franchise [ frɑ̃ʃiz ] n. f. • déb. XIIe; de 2. franc 1 ♦ Vx Liberté, indépendance. ♢ Anciennt Droit (privilège, immunité, etc.) limitant l autorité souveraine au profit d une ville, d un corps, d un individu. Charte, lettre de franchise (cf.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Franchisé — Franchise (réseau commercial) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Franchise. La franchise est un accord commercial et juridique par lequel une entreprise appelée le franchiseur s engage à fournir à une seconde entreprise, dite franchisée, un savoir …   Wikipédia en Français

  • franchise — fran·chise / fran ˌchīz/ n [Anglo French, literally, freedom, liberty, from Middle French, from franchir to free, from Old French franc free] 1: a special right or privilege granted by the government to an individual, group, or business entity:… …   Law dictionary

  • franchise — Franchise, f. penac. Vient de Franc, et signifie liberté, Libertas, comme, Il a acquis franchise, E seruo liber factus est, Libertatem adeptus est. Il se prend aussi pour liberation d une debte. Selon ce on dit, Par laps de temps et negligence de …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • franchise — Franchise. s. f. Exemption, Immunité. La franchise des Eglises. joüir de la franchise d un lieu, d une ville. lieu de franchise. Il se dit aussi du Lieu mesme, & signifie, Asyle. On ne le sçauroit prendre en ce lieu là, c est une franchise. Il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Franchise — generally means a right or privilege. It may refer to:*Suffrage, the civil right to vote *Franchising, a business method that involves licensing of trademarks and methods of doing business, such as: **Chain store, retail outlets which share a… …   Wikipedia

  • Franchise — (über das Englische von frz. franchise = Gebührenfreiheit) steht für: Franchising, ein Geschäftsmodell, vor allem im Einzelhandel und bei Dienstleistungsunternehmen Franchise (Medien), ein geistiges Eigentum im Bereich der Unterhaltungsmedien… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • franchise — ► NOUN 1) an authorization granted by a government or company to an individual or group enabling them to carry out specified commercial activities. 2) a business or service granted such a franchise. 3) the right to vote in public elections. 4) N …   English terms dictionary

  • Franchise — Fran chise (? or ?; 277), n. [F., fr. franc, fem. franche, free. See {Frank}, a.] 1. Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (LAw) A particular privilege conferred by grant from a sovereign or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • franchise — [fran′chīz΄] n. [ME < OFr < franc, free: see FRANK1] 1. Archaic freedom from some restriction, servitude, etc. 2. any special right, privilege, or exemption granted by the government, as to be a corporation, operate a public utility, etc. 3 …   English World dictionary

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