franklin

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English frankelein(freeholder), from Anglo-Norman fraunclein(a landowner of free, but not noble birth), from fraunc(free), from Frankish *Frank(freeman) + -lein(-ling), from Frankish *-linc(-ling), from Proto-Germanic *-lingaz. Cognate with Old High German Franko(Frank), Old High German -ling(-ling). More at frank, -ling.

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Noun[edit]

franklin ‎(plural franklins)

  1. (obsolete except historical) A freeholder, especially as belonging to a class of landowners in the 14th and 15th century ranking below the gentry.