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franchise definition

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This page has 29 definitions of franchise with English translations in 6 languages. Franchise is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use franchise in a sentence are shown. Also define these 43 related words and terms: vote, election, referendum, suffrage, suffragette, right, privilege, company, acknowledgment, corporation, ownership, authorization, distribute, business, franchisee, legal, exemption, jurisdiction, membership, citizenship, sports, team, tradition, entity, marketing, fictional, confer, authorize, invest, enfranchise, franchise, luvake, liberty, freedom, frankness, honesty, insurance, excess, deductible, franchiser, nobleness, chivalry, and franquia.

See also: Franchise and franchisé

English franchise definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English franchise, fraunchise, from Old French franchise (freedom), a derivative of franc (free). More at frank.

Noun

franchise (countable and uncountable, plural franchises)

  1. The right to vote at a public election or referendum; see: suffrage, suffragette.
  2. A right or privilege officially granted to a person, a group of people, or a company by a government.
    • a. 1872, William H. Seward, debate
      Election by universal suffrage, as modified by the Constitution, is the one crowning franchise of the American people.
    • Company definition
      A team; a group of people who work together professionally.
      1. A group of individuals who work together for a common purpose. (1 of 11 company definitions)
  3. An acknowledgment of a corporation's existence and ownership.
    • Corporation definition
      A body corporate, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members. (1 of 4 corporation definitions)
  4. The authorization granted by a company to sell or distribute its goods or services in a certain area.
    McDonalds has exported its franchise.
  5. A business operating under such authorization, a franchisee.
    • Franchisee definition
      A holder of a franchise; a person who is granted a franchise.
  6. A legal exemption from jurisdiction.
  7. The membership of a corporation or state; citizenship.
  8. The district or jurisdiction to which a particular privilege extends; the limits of an immunity; hence, an asylum or sanctuary.
    • 1810, James Millar (editor), "Franchise" in Encyclopaedia Britannica
      Churches and monasteries in Spain are franchises for criminals.
  9. (sports) The collection of organizations in the history of a sports team; the tradition of a sports team as an entity, extending beyond the contemporary organization.
    The Whalers' home city of Hartford was one of many for the franchise.
    • Tradition definition
      A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays. (1 of 3 tradition definitions)
  10. (business, marketing) The positive influence on the buying behavior of customers exerted by the reputation of a company or a brand.
    • 2000, John Philip Jones, Behind powerful brands: from strategy to campaign, page 80:
      Once a brand has established a consumer franchise and a brand image, it takes a long time for these to decay, as the image is maintained more by people's personal familiarity with and usage of the brand than by external marketing stimuli.
    • 2002, Robert G. Hagstrom, The Essential Buffett: Timeless Principles for the New Economy, page 26:
      Warren Buffett teaches us that the best business to own, the one with the best long-term prospects is a franchise - one that sells a product or service that is needed or desired, has no close substitute, and yields profits that are unregulated.
    • 2007, Jack L. Treynor, Treynor on institutional investing, page 354:
      Certain other industries have no plant. Value derives entirely from brand franchise. (Consulting firms, engineering firms, and advertising agencies do not talk about the value of their franchise. Instead, they talk about "reputation".)
  11. The loose collection of fictional works pertaining to a particular universe, including literary, film, or television series from various sources.
    the Star Wars franchise
  12. Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  13. (obsolete) Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
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Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English franchisen, fraunchisen, from Old French franchir (stem franchiss-, to set free), from franc (free). More at frank.

Verb

franchise (third-person singular simple present franchises, present participle franchising, simple past and past participle franchised)

  1. (transitive) To confer certain powers on; grant a franchise to; authorize.
  2. (transitive, rare) To set free; invest with a franchise or privilege; enfranchise.
    • Enfranchise definition
      To grant the franchise to an entity, specifically:
      1. To grant the privilege of voting to a person or group of people.
      2. To grant municipal or parliamentary rights to an entity such as a city or constituency.
      3. To grant freedom from slavery or servitude.
      (1 of 4 enfranchise definitions)
Translations

Dutch franchise definition

Etymology

Borrowed from French franchise.

Pronunciation

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: fran‧chi‧se

Noun

franchise f (plural franchises)

  1. franchise

Finnish franchise definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfræntʃɑi̯s/, [ˈfræn̪t̪ʃɑi̯s̠]
    • final "e" becomes audible in the inflected forms and is pronounced as i /i/ in singular forms as well as in nominative plural and e /e/ in other plural forms. Otherwise the case suffixes are pronounced as in ordinary Finnish words. For example genitive singular becomes /ˈfrænt͡ʃɑisin/ and inessive plural /ˈfrænt͡ʃɑiseissɑ/. There may be considerable variation between individuals.

Noun

franchise

  1. franchise (authorization granted by a company to sell or distribute its goods or services in a certain area)
    Synonym: luvake
    • Luvake definition
      franchise

Declension

Inflection of this word is challenging as it does not readily adapt to Finnish spelling conventions. In speech the pronouncing goes as if this was a "risti"-type noun with the exception that the final vowel in nominative singular is silent. In writing the original English spelling usually remains intact but there is variation in recording the case suffixes. Two options are shown below. The second one may look clumsy bit it eliminates guesswork from pronunciation. The part before apostrophe is pronounced as in English and the remainder as in Finnish.

singular plural
nominative franchise franchiset
genitive franchisen franchisien
partitive franchisea franchiseja
accusative franchise
franchisen
franchiset
inessive franchisessa franchiseissa
elative franchisesta franchiseista
illative franchiseen franchiseihin
adessive franchisella franchiseilla
ablative franchiselta franchiseilta
allative franchiselle franchiseille
essive franchisena franchiseina
translative franchiseksi franchiseiksi
instructive franchisein
abessive franchisetta franchiseitta
comitative franchiseineen
singular plural
nominative franchise franchise’it
genitive franchise’in franchise’ien
partitive franchise’ia franchise’eja
accusative franchise
franchise’in
franchise’it
inessive franchise’issa franchise’eissa
elative franchise’ista franchise’eista
illative franchise’iin franchise’eihin
adessive franchise’illa franchise’eilla
ablative franchise’ilta franchise’eilta
allative franchise’ille franchise’eille
essive franchise’ina franchise’eina
translative franchise’iksi franchise’eiksi
instructive franchise’ein
abessive franchise’itta franchise’eitta
comitative franchise’eineen

Derived terms


French franchise definition

Etymology

From Middle French, from Old French franchise (freedom, privileged liberty), from franc (free) + -ise (from Latin -itia).

Pronunciation

Noun

franchise f (plural franchises)

  1. (archaic) liberty, freedom
  2. frankness, honesty
  3. (insurance) excess (UK), deductible (US)
    • Deductible definition
      Eligible to be deducted.
  4. (business) franchise

Synonyms

  • (liberty): liberté
  • (frankness): francheté

Descendants

Verb

franchise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of franchiser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of franchiser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of franchiser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of franchiser
  5. second-person singular imperative of franchiser

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Old French franchise definition

Etymology

franc, franche +‎ -ise.

Noun

franchise f (oblique plural franchises, nominative singular franchise, nominative plural franchises)

  1. freedom (quality of being free)
  2. nobleness; chivalry (quality of being noble or chivalrous)

Descendants


Portuguese franchise definition

Noun

franchise m (plural franchises)

  1. franchise (business licensed to operate under a given business model and brand)
    Synonym: franquia
    • Franquia definition
      franchise (business licensed to operate under a given business model and brand)