• WordNet 3.6
    • v franchise grant a franchise to
    • n franchise a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
    • n franchise an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
    • n franchise a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jim Delligatti, a McDonald's franchise owner in Uniontown, PA, invented the Big Mac in 1968. He originally named it the Big Mac Super Sandwich. The following year McDonald's sold it nationwide.
    • Franchise (LAw) A particular privilege conferred by grant from a sovereign or a government, and vested in individuals; an immunity or exemption from ordinary jurisdiction; a constitutional or statutory right or privilege, esp. the right to vote. "Election by universal suffrage, as modified by the Constitution, is the one crowning franchise of the American people."
    • Franchise Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty.
    • Franchise Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility. "Franchise in woman."
    • Franchise The district or jurisdiction to which a particular privilege extends; the limits of an immunity; hence, an asylum or sanctuary. "Churches and mobasteries in Spain are franchises for criminals."
    • v. t Franchise To make free; to enfranchise; to give liberty to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Chuck E. Cheese franchise was created by Atari, a restaurant combining robotic animals and arcade games with family meals. They name the franchise a Pizza Time Theater. Chuck E. Cheese was first opened in 1977.
    • n franchise Liberty; freedom from constraint or subjection; independence; enfranchisement.
    • n franchise A privilege arising from the grant of a sovereign or government, or from prescription, which presupposes a grant; a privilege of a public nature conferred on individuals by grant from government: as, a corporate franchise (the right to be and act as a corporation).
    • n franchise Specifically, the privilege of voting at public elections; the right of suffrage: distinctively called the elective franchise.
    • n franchise The district or jurisdiction to which a particular individual or corporate privilege extends; the limits of an immunity.
    • n franchise An asylum or sanctuary where persons are secure from arrest.
    • n franchise Nobility of spirit; generosity; highmindedness; magnanimity; liberality.
    • franchise To make free; enfranchise.
    • n franchise A privilege or grant extended by a municipal corporation to a private corporation or person, as the right to maintain a street-railway, to use streets for water- or gas-mains, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Franchise fran′chiz or -chīz liberty: a privilege or exemption belonging to a subject by prescription or conferred by grant: the right of voting for a member of Parliament
    • v.t Franchise to enfranchise: to give one the franchise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. franc, fem. franche, free. See Frank (a.)


In literature:

The franchise in all cases was confined to church members.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
But long before 1865 the question of Reform and of the extension of the franchise had been revived.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
A franchise is a right granted by the State to individuals or to corporations.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Of course franchises are common enough.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
Robespierre had striven hard to remove all restrictions from admission to the electoral franchise.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
Economic changes were fast widening the franchise in the shires.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
County and Borough Franchise in 1831.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The Lords must pass the Franchise Bill without conditions, and when it was law, we would discuss Redistribution.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
But when we consider the private ownership of the gifts of Nature and of public franchises, it is apparent that we are on very different ground.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
The people of those lands, admitted step by step to the Roman franchise, adopted the name and tongue of Romans.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various

In poetry:

The franchise of one
Without kith or kind,
And only the pauper's
Single mind!
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
Who has struggled very hard for the people's rights,
Many long years, and many weary nights;
And I think the "Grand Old Man" will gain the Franchise,
And if he does, the people will laud him to the skies.
"The Great Franchise Demonstration" by William Topaz McGonagall
Fellow men! why should the lords try to despise
And prohibit women from having the benefit of the parliamentary Franchise?
When they pay the same taxes as you and me,
I consider they ought to have the same liberty.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall
In my opinion, what a man pays for he certainly should get;
And if he does not, he will certainly fret;
And why wouldn't women do the very same?
Therefore, to demand the parliamentary Franchise they are not to blame.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall
And when they arrived on the Magdalen Green,
I'm sure it was a very beautiful imposing scene-
While the cheers of that vast multitude ascended to the skies,
For the "Grand Old Man," Gladstone, the Hero of the Franchise,
"The Great Franchise Demonstration" by William Topaz McGonagall
The banners of the processionists were really grand to see-
The like hasn't been seen for a long time in Dundee;
While sweet music from the bands did rend the skies,
And every processionist was resolved to vote for the Franchise.
"The Great Franchise Demonstration" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

0 Master Chief, the iconic hero of the "Halo" game franchise, at E3 in Los Angeles.
The Movie Club: The Ten 10 Grossing Movies of 2011 Were All Franchises.
Surely, "Twilight Vamps" calls itself that to piggyback the "Twilight" franchise, although what those kids do in those films is waaaaay different than what the people do in this one.
Just a season removed from setting a franchise record for points scored with 560 and coming within 29 of tying the all-time NFL mark of 589, the Green Bay Packers offense has mostly sputtered to start 2012.
Since the first film was released in 1973, the Exorcist franchise has attracted three auteurs, an amateur and a hack to its themes of good vs evil.
Smith Describes Why San Diego Did Not Franchise WR Vincent Jackson.
Carlos Zambrano took the blame for letting the franchise and the city of Chicago down on Tuesday.
Megan Fox battled robots from outer space in the Transformers franchise.
NEW ORLEANS — Remember the hard-luck Saints of old — that mistake-prone franchise that routinely crumbled in crunch time.
He's watched the pillars of a once-promising franchise suffer career-and season-ending injuries.
Over four years, " Far Cry " has established itself as a slightly oddball action franchise full of Hawaiian shirts, sultry secret agents and Dr Moreau-esque monster monkeys.
The Cleveland Browns and their owner were nearly broke when Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore after the 1995 season.
The Father Figure for a Franchise.
Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all retreated within the crumbling walls of aging franchises and spin-off sequels.
The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers declined to use the franchise tag for their top defensive free agents.

In science:

The name of the Asimov data set is inspired by the short story Franchise, by Isaac Asimov .
Asymptotic formulae for likelihood-based tests of new physics