frank [1] ADJECTIVE 1) honest and direct, especially when dealing with unpleasant matters. 2) open or undisguised: frank admiration.
DERIVATIVES frankness noun.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «free»: from Latin francus 'free' , from Francus 'Frank' (only Franks had full freedom in Frankish Gaul).
frank [2] VERB 1) stamp an official mark on (a letter or parcel) to indicate that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid. 2) historical sign (a letter or parcel) to ensure delivery free of charge.
NOUN a franking mark or signature on a letter or parcel.
DERIVATIVES franker noun franking noun.
ORIGIN from FRANK(Cf. ↑frankness), an early sense being «free of obligation».

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