Definition of franchise:
- A particular privilege conferred by grant from a sovereign or a government, and vested in individuals; an imunity or exemption from ordinary jurisdiction; a constitutional or statutory right or privilege, esp. the right to vote.
- Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty.
- Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
- The district or jurisdiction to which a particular privilege extends; the limits of an immunity; hence, an asylum or sanctuary.
- To make free; to enfranchise; to give liberty to.
- "John Redmond's Last Years", Stephen Gwynn.
- "Tom Swift and his Electric Locomotive or, Two Miles a Minute on the Rails", Victor Appleton.
- "Torchy, Private Sec.", Sewell Ford.