US franking mark



  • honest, especially in a manner that seems slightly blunt; candid; not reserved or disguised.
  • unmistakable, clinically obvious, self-evident
  • Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.
  • Liberal; generous; profuse.
  • Unrestrained; loose; licentious.


  • Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article).
  • The notice on an envelope where a stamp would normally be found.
  • A hot dog or sausage.
  • The grey heron.
  • A pigsty.


  • To place a frank on an envelope.
  • To exempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
  • To send by public conveyance free of expense.
  • To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten.


  • From Middle English frank, from Old French franc, in turn from the name of an early Germanic confederation, the Frank, from Proto-West Germanic *frank and/or Proto-West Germanic *frankĊ.
  • Image:Hotdog.PNG|thumb|right|A frank on a bun.
  • From Old French franc.

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