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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: franchir 'to set free', from franc; FRANK1

franchise

1 noun
     
Related topics: Voting
fran‧chise1
1
a) [uncountable and countable] permission given by a company to someone who wants to sell its goods or services:
under franchise
The beer is brewed under franchise.
b) [countable] a business that operates as a franchise
2 [countable] American English a professional sports team
3 [uncountable] formalPPV the legal right to vote in your country's elections

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