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Definition of "franchise" []

  • A privilege or right officially granted a person or a group by a government, especially: (noun)
  • The constitutional or statutory right to vote. (noun)
  • The establishment of a corporation's existence. (noun)
  • The granting of certain rights and powers to a corporation. (noun)
  • Legal immunity from servitude, certain burdens, or other restrictions. (noun)
  • Any exemption, privilege, or right granted to an individual or group by a public authority, such as the right to use public property for a business (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Authorization granted by a manufacturing enterprise to a distributor to market the manufacturer's products (noun)
  • The full rights of citizenship (noun)
  • A film that is or has the potential to be part of a series and lends itself to merchandising (noun)
  • (in marine insurance) a sum or percentage stated in a policy, below which the insurer disclaims all liability (noun)
  • To grant (a person, firm, etc) a franchise (verb)

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Use "franchise" in a sentence
  • "The phrase "franchise quarterback" suggests to me someone who can consistently carry the team, and I don't think Sanchez is there yet."
  • "Every product related to the franchise is awaited with bated breath."
  • "The one thing I hope makes it back into the franchise is the bigger stories about humanity and morality that existed in the original series."