French vs Gallic what difference

what is difference between French and Gallic



From Middle English French, Frensch, Frensh, from Old English frencisc (of the Franks, Frankish, French), from Franca (a Frank). Compare Old High German Franko (a Frank), akin to Old English franca (javelin, spear), from the use of such weapons by the Franks.


  • (UK, US) enPR: frĕnch, IPA(key): /fɹɛnt͡ʃ/, [fɹ̠ɛn̠t͡ʃ]
  • Rhymes: -ɛntʃ


french (third-person singular simple present frenches, present participle frenching, simple past and past participle frenched)

  1. (transitive) To prepare food by cutting it into strips.
  2. (transitive) To kiss (another person) while inserting one’s tongue into the other person’s mouth.
  3. (intransitive) To kiss in this manner.
  4. (cooking) To French trim; to stylishly expose bone by removing the fat and meat covering it (as done to a rack of lamb or bone-in rib-eye steak).


  • (to kiss while inserting tongue): French kiss, French

Derived terms

  • frenched


See also

  • French
  • julienne



gallic (not comparable)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or derived from galls.
  2. (organic chemistry) Of or pertaining to gallic acid or its derivatives.
  3. (inorganic chemistry) Relating to, or containing, gallium.

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