Meaning of Franconian in English:


Pronunciation /fraŋˈkəʊnɪən/


  • Relating to Franconia or its inhabitants.

    ‘The appeal of Franconian wine was undoubtedly heightened from this period by its being bottled in distinctive round flat flagons, known as Bocksbeutel.’
    • ‘Perhaps it reminds you of Frankenmuth and the other Franconian settlements in Michigan.’
    • ‘Even within Germany, the use of Bavarian, Swabian, or even Franconian dialect in lyrics signaled increased regional self-awareness in the face of linguistic homogenization.’
    • ‘Franconian farmers switched to other crops, chiefly clover and hops, hence the irresistible rise of the Franconian brewing industry in this period.’
    • ‘Our guide told us that the 2003 vintage was one of the best ever for Franconian wines, and we could certainly confirm this fact by pricing the wines in the local shops.’
    • ‘Spalt is one of the most liked holiday sites in the Franconian Lake district.’
    • ‘On Sundays from 3 pm we offer coffee and home made cake and typical Franconian dishes.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Franconia.

    ‘Germany, with the extraordinarily varied and distinct cultures of the Lander is an example to us all: a Bavarian would hate to be taken for a Prussian, a citizen of Lubeck would not want to be mistaken for a Franconian.’
    • ‘Konrad Volkert went his own way as a passionate artist who portrayed his beloved Franconian homeland, the region with Nuremberg as its cultural and economic center.’
    • ‘All of them were written down from Franconians and mirror mostly their point of view which is biased.’
    • ‘However, the Franconians became also very quickly aware of the political implications of Christianity.’
    • ‘Rumour has it, though, that it is mainly Franconians who hold the reins of power in Munich's state bureaucracy.’
    • ‘While its connections with the Byzantine Empire were friendly, there were wars with the Franconians.’
    • ‘In the 5th or 6th century AD, the Germanic tribe called Franconians settled in the area.’
    • ‘To this day some people of this area consider themselves more as ethnic Franconians while others are committed to the Bavarian ethnicity.’
    • ‘The Franconians followed the Romans in the 5th century, and Trier became part of the East Franconian-German empire.’
    • ‘While the Scots traditionally dry their malt over a peat fire, the Franconians fire their kilns with beech from the surrounding forests.’
    • ‘In 843, Frankfurt became at times the most important royal palatinate of the Eastern Franconians and the site of parliaments.’
    • ‘Bavarians, Franconians and Swabians have different dialects.’
    • ‘Fifteen Franconians from Bavaria arrived in Saginaw Valley in 1845 and named the settlement Frankenmuth, meaning courage of the Franconians.’
    • ‘The Franconian Jura, situated between Bamberg, Bayreuth and Nuremberg, is one of Germany's largest and most traditional rock-climbing and boulder regions.’
  • 2mass noun A group of medieval West Germanic dialects, combining features of Low and High German.

    • ‘Old Low Franconian is one of the major Frankish dialects, spoken in the area now called the Netherlands, and is thus sometimes called Old Dutch as well.’
    1. 2.1The group of modern German dialects of Franconia.
      • ‘Being Low Franconian, it belongs to the same language sub-group as do Dutch and Afrikaans, and it is also very closely related to the Limburgish and Ripuarian varieties.’