Definition - A West Germanic language that was spoken in northern Gaul between the fifth and sixth centuries CE.

1. In the way that English is a German-based language with strong Latin influences, French is a Latin-based language with strong Germanic (i.e. Frankish) influences.

Etymology -
The name perhaps derives from the old-Germanic *frankon, javelin or lance.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in the sense "language of the Franks" is from 1863:
"France kept Frank names … while ceasing to speak Frankish."
(Miss Sewell, Christian Names i. 6)

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