n. A member of a body of Germanic tribes which coalesced under this name in the third century, and afterward separated into three groups, the Chatti, the Ripuarian Franks, and the Salian or Salic Franks.n. [A readoption of the Oriental form of the European name Frank, originating at the time of the crusades, when the Franks that is, the French, and by extension the other nations of western Europe) became familiar to the Turks, Arabs, etc. See Feringee.] A European of the western nations: a common designation among the Turks, Arabs, and other Oriental peoples for any western foreigner.Free; open; unrestrained; unconditioned.Liberal; generous; not niggardly.Free from disguise or concealment; candid in utterance; sincere and unreserved in manner: as, a frank disposition; a frank avowal.Freely disclosed; clearly manifest; undisguised; indubitable: as, frank ignorance or poverty.Unrestrained; using free license.Synonyms Open, Ingenuous, etc. (see candid); plain, unreserved, undisguised.To send or cause to be sent by public conveyance free of expense: as, to frank a letter.Hence To facilitate the passage or movements of; give the right of way to, as a traveler.In carpentry, to form the joint of, as that of a window-sash where the crosspieces of the frame intersect each other, by cutting away no more wood than is sufficient to show a miter.n. The signature or indorsement of a person holding the privilege of franking mail-matter, written or impressed on the wrapper in token of the right of the inclosure to pass free.n. A letter thus indorsed, sent by mail free of postage.n. A pigsty; a pen for fattening boars.Sty-fed. See I.To shut up in a frank or sty: usually with up.To feed; cram; fatten.n. A former spelling of franc.n. A name of the heron, Ardea cinerea.