• IPA: /ˈfɹænt͡ʃaɪ̯z/


  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.
    • W. H. Seward
      Election by universal suffrage, as modified by the Constitution, is the one crowning franchise of the American people.
  3. An acknowledgment of a corporation's existence and ownership.
  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.
  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.
    • London Encyc.
      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.
  10. (business, marketing) The positive influence on the buying behavior of customers exerted by the reputation of a company or a brand.
  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.
  13. (obsolete) Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: droit de vote
  • German: Wahlrecht
  • Spanish: derecho a sufragio, derecho de voto, sufragio activo, derecho de sufragio
Translations Verb

franchise (franchises, present participle franchising; 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.

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