Definition of francophone in English:


(also Francophone)


  • French-speaking.

    ‘a summit of francophone countries’
    • ‘The skilful acting reaches beyond words, and it's a unique opportunity to appreciate one of the main assets of francophone theatre: its knack for emotion.’
    • ‘‘There are 51 francophone countries in the world and some of these will come together on March 22 to share with the people their cultures and expressions,’ say the organisers.’
    • ‘Those two lectures gave us the anglophone and francophone perspectives.’
    • ‘The population involved are black immigrants from francophone Africa, especially from Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and other francophone West African countries’
    • ‘Montreal's just a really big and fun city, it's easy to get to, but most importantly it's bilingual and we are trying to encourage more francophone membership.’
    • ‘This suggests that if the conditions surrounding contact do matter, then the contact between anglophone and francophone Canadians that has taken place has occurred more often under favourable than under unfavourable conditions.’
    • ‘Ideas of national unity and the ‘natural frontiers’ of France underlay these conquests, since they took over mostly francophone territories or pushed out to geographical boundaries such as the Rhine.’
    • ‘Cote d'Ivoire has traditionally had the strongest economy in francophone West Africa, a status built on its cocoa, coffee and rubber plantations.’
    • ‘It is also taught as a second language in francophone countries.’
    • ‘We wanted to expand our horizons a bit and include more francophone content.’
    • ‘The wealth of data he has researched and re-evaluated will certainly change the disciplinary approach to the origins of black francophone literature.’
    • ‘The period up to 1970, then, can be described as one in which the Liberals were heavily dependent upon francophone voters and the Conservatives upon anglophones.’
    • ‘In Abidjan, Côte d' Ivoire, and other parts of francophone Africa, they are known as pharmacies par terre (roadside pharmacies).’
    • ‘By commanding a different landscape, francophone organizers told a different story, one that highlighted their own history and relationship to the landscape.’
    • ‘Two self-assessment benchmarks are used: the perceived language proficiency of francophone peers and the difficulty represented by specific everyday tasks in French.’
    • ‘Mathieu's special issue drew upon the works of anglophone and francophone faculty and students to present a variety of perspectives.’
    • ‘Some of the research in the Montreal area is made possible because of the genetic uniqueness of Quebec's francophone population, where nearly 70 per cent of the current gene pool is derived from some 2,500 original founders.’
    • ‘She said it is not just language services francophone women wanted as a part of their health care needs, they also would like to see an understanding of their culture and tradition.’
    • ‘None the less, the continued divergence of opinion between anglophone and francophone voters on questions of language policy raises the possibility that this new party system may be very fragile.’
    • ‘There has been a definite increase in the number of young francophone girls at our shows.’


  • A person who speaks French.

    • ‘This strategy serves to maintain the boundaries between anglophones and francophones.’
    • ‘Tensions between francophones and anglophones have often driven the national political agenda in Canada.’
    • ‘It would also help unilingual francophones to function as unilinguals outside of Quebec, in so far as official bilingualism insures provision of government services in French.’
    • ‘But for many Québécois and francophones outside Quebec, Frenglish is the first symptom of language assimilation - especially if it's done unintentionally.’
    • ‘His students know nothing of Bulgaria and of the francophones around the world and this is a global problem to him.’
    • ‘Considering North American population demographics, common sense would dictate that the need to speak English is greater for francophones than the need for anglophones to speak French.’
    • ‘This is especially important in areas where francophones intermarry with anglophones and are incapable of transmitting the French language to their children.’
    • ‘Having lived in 10 Montreal boroughs or neighbourhoods since I was born, I can honestly say that Verdun is not only the most bilingual area on the island, but also the one in which francophones and anglophones get along the best.’
    • ‘They believe Anglo-Canadian nationalism excludes francophones, no matter where they live in Canada.’
    • ‘Of course, these figures can be explained in part by the unemployment and lack of attractive alternatives for young francophones in the job market.’
    • ‘Despite the common portrayal of Canada's two major linguistic groups as ‘two solitudes,’ research shows that anglophones and francophones continue to hold similar values, distinct from those in the United States.’
    • ‘For both parties, francophones and anglophones disagree sharply on most ethno-linguistic matters.’
    • ‘As recruits were not categorized by language, no firm statistics exist, but estimates are that upwards of 150,000 francophones served, and served well.’
    • ‘In Quebec, however, francophones are a cultural and linguistic majority.’
    • ‘Rather it exists as a continuum, from long-established unilingual anglophones broadly similar to anglophones in Ontario through bilinguals of various kinds to francophones using English as a second language.’
    • ‘There is always going to be a bit of separation between francophones and anglophones, but it's the love of this style of music that really unites people in the punk scene.’
    • ‘Although Quebec is officially a unilingual province, many francophones none the less master English outside of the school system.’
    • ‘I have none of the guilt that seems to plague many well-intentioned, but frustrated anglophones and francophones.’
    • ‘There are roughly the same number of francophones - or, more precisely, individuals who declare French as their mother-tongue - in Ontario.’
    • ‘Few francophones managed to secure positions on the government's back benches; fewer still were elevated to the cabinet.’


Early 20th century: from Franco- ‘French’ + Greek phōnē ‘voice’.