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French, adj. pertaining to France: Wiv. I, 4, 99. II, 1, 209. III, 1, 61. LLL I, 1, 136. I, 2, 65. Merch. I, 2, 58 etc. etc. “a F. brawl,” LLL III, 9 (quibbling); cf. “F. quarrels,” H5 IV, 1, 240. F. crown, meaning 1) the emblem of French royalty; 2) a coin; 3) the crown of a Frenchman's head; 4) baldness produced by a certain disease; and hence used with equivocation: Meas. I, 2, 52. LLL III, 142. Mids. I, 2, 97. Mids. I, 2, 97 All's II, 2, 23. H4B III, 2, 237. H5 IV, 1, 242. H6B IV, 2, 166. “F. hose,” H5 III, 7, 56. Mcb. II, 3, 16. cf. Merch. I, 2, 80. “F. falconers,” Hml. II, 2, 450. “duck with F. nods,” R3 I, 3, 49. “F. withered pears,” All's I, 1, 175. “rapiers, poniards and swords,” Hml. V, 2, 156. Hml. V, 2, 156 “slop,” Rom. II, 4, 47; cf. H8 I, 3, 31. “a F. song and a fiddle,” H8 I, 3, 41. “F. thrift,” Wiv. I, 3, 93. “velvet,” Meas. I, 2, 35.
Substantively, == 1) the French language: Merch. I, 2, 75. R2 V, 3, 124. H5 V, 2, 236. H6B IV, 2, 176. “in F.” LLL III, 10. R2 V, 3, 119. H5 IV, 4, 24. H5 IV, 4, 24 V, 2, 188. V, 2, 188
2) the French nation or army: Merch. II, 8, 29. All's II, 3, 101. John IV, 2, 161. V, 1, 5. R2 II, 1, 178. H4B I, 3, 71. H6A I, 1, 25. H6A I, 1, 25 H6A I, 1, 25 I, 4, 100. II, 1, 23. H6B I, 1, 214. I, 3, 209 etc. etc. “our F.,” All's II, 1, 20. “these F.” John II, 214. “all F.” H6A III, 3, 60.
3) Frenchmen: “a dozen F.” John III, 4, 173. “certain F.” H5 I, 2, 47.
4) a single Frenchman: “F. and Welsh,” Wiv. III, 1, 99 (the host's speech). “if there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch, Italian, or F., let him speak to me,” All's IV, 1, 79. “the F. might have a good prey of us, if he knew of it,” H5 IV, 4, 80. “had death been F.” H6A IV, 7, 28.
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