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 for French
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  French \French\ (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
     franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
     franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank, a., and
     cf. Frankish.]
     Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     French bean (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus
        vulgaris).
  
     French berry (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
        ({Rhamnus catharticus), which affords a saffron, green or
        purple pigment.
  
     French casement (Arch.) See French window, under
        Window.
  
     French chalk (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
        for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk.
  
     French cowslip (Bot.) The Primula Auricula. See
        Bear's-ear.
  
     French fake (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
        backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
        freely.
  
     French honeysuckle (Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
        ({H. coronarium); -- called also garland honeysuckle.
        
  
     French horn, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
        long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
        expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
        sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse.
  
     French leave, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
        esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
  
     French pie [French (here used in sense of "foreign") + pie
        a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
        (Zool.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes
        major); -- called also wood pie.
  
     French polish.
     (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
         gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
         shellac with other gums added.
     (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
         above.
  
     French purple, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
        for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
        mordants. --Ure.
  
     French red rouge.
  
     French rice, amelcorn.
  
     French roof (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
        a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
  
     French tub, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
        logwood; -- called also plum tub. --Ure.
  
     French window. See under Window.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  French \French\, prop. n.
     1. The language spoken in France.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Collectively, the people of France.
        [1913 Webster] french fries

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sole \Sole\, n. [F. sole, L. solea; -- so named from its flat
     shape. See Sole of the foot.] (Zool.)
     (a) Any one of several species of flatfishes of the genus
         Solea and allied genera of the family Soleidae,
         especially the common European species ({Solea
         vulgaris), which is a valuable food fish.
     (b) Any one of several American flounders somewhat resembling
         the true sole in form or quality, as the California sole
         ({Lepidopsetta bilineata), the long-finned sole
         ({Glyptocephalus zachirus), and other species.
         [1913 Webster]
  
     Lemon, or French, sole (Zool.), a European species of
        sole ({Solea pegusa).
  
     Smooth sole (Zool.), the megrim.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  French
      adj 1: of or pertaining to France or the people of France;
             "French cooking"; "a Gallic shrug" [syn: French,
             Gallic]
      n 1: the Romance language spoken in France and in countries
           colonized by France
      2: the people of France [syn: French, French people]
      3: United States sculptor who created the seated marble figure
         of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
         (1850-1931) [syn: French, Daniel Chester French]
      v 1: cut (e.g, beans) lengthwise in preparation for cooking;
           "French the potatoes"

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