Franchise - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfræntʃaɪz|  American pronunciation of the word franchise
Brit.  |ˈfran(t)ʃʌɪz|  British pronunciation of the word franchise


- an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
- a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area (syn: dealership)
- a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote) (syn: enfranchisement)


- grant a franchise to


She was granted an exclusive franchise in the city's west end.

They just opened a new fast-food franchise down the street.

The U.S. did not extend the franchise to women until the early 20th century.

He's the best player in the history of the franchise.

Passenger services have all been franchised to private operators.

They don't allow franchising agreements to extend beyond five years.

It was still another nine years before women were franchised to vote.

The beer is brewed under franchise.

The new owner plans to rebuild the franchise.

...the basketball star just inked a two-year contract with the most celebrated franchise in the NBA...

...the threat of losing its only sports franchise was the spur the city council needed to finally do something about the rising crime rate...

...their proposal for a baseball franchise includes several stipulations that are unacceptable...

Three companies have been struggling to win the same prize - the TV franchise for the north-west.'s a freestanding store, not a franchise...

who is the operator of this franchise?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: franchise
he/she/it: franchises
present participle: franchising
past tense: franchised
past participle: franchised
singular: franchise
plural: franchises
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