Definition of French crown in English:

French crown

noun

historical
  • 1An English name for: the écu, a French gold coin of the 15th and 16th centuries, with a value of four English shillings.

  • 2Used punningly: the baldness caused by syphilis.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Udall (1504–1556), schoolmaster and playwright. From French + crown, so called to distinguish it from the coin of the same name minted in England.

Pronunciation

French crown

/frɛn(t)ʃ ˈkraʊn/