(en proper noun
* 1962 Jane Trahey, Life with Mother Superior , page 4:
- What I needed was an exciting name and I would give myself one. I was reading a book where the heroine's name was Adrienne. I printed that as my first name. Now what would go well with Adrienne? I peered over my shoulder at the little girl in back of me. Her name was Mary Frances Carroll. Frances...I thought. No, that's not exotic enough. Francine. Francine.' That was beautiful. I printed in: ' FRANCINE .
(slang, sometimes construed as derogatory) A native or resident of France, or a francophone, or a person of French lineage.
* 1903 , , The Scarlet Pimpernel ,
- They seek him here, they seek him there,
- Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
- Is he in heaven—is he in hell?
A short form for various names: Francine, Franchelle, Francoise, etc., e.g. .
- That damned elusive Pimpernel?