Definitions of franklin

  1. printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (England) a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. An English freeholder, or substantial householder. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. In England, very early, a free tenant who held his land in his own right and not from a feudal lord; later, a well-to-do landowner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A freeholder: a yeoman: latterly a small landholder, but in Chaucer's time a much more important personage, being distinguished from the common freeholder by the greatness of his possessions, and the holding of the dignities of sheriff, knight of the shire, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. An old English freeholder, originally one who held his lands of the crown. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. frangk'lin, n. an old English freeholder, free from feudal servitude to a subject-superior. [Low L. francus, frank.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. (hist.). Land-owner of free but not noble birth in 14th& 15th cc. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. See Frankland. Dictionary of United States history
  12. [O. E.] A bailiff or steward of an estate. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  13. n. A freeholder. Cabinet Dictionary
  14. A steward; a bailiff of land. Complete Dictionary

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