Franchise generally means a right or privilege. It may refer to:

  • Suffrage, the civil right to vote
  • Jurisdictions used to be treated as property rights, and could be referred to as franchises.
  • Franchising, a business method that involves licensing of trademarks and methods of doing business, such as:
    • Chain store, retail outlets which share a brand and central management
    • An exclusive right, for example to sell branded merchandise
    • Media franchise, ownership of the characters and setting of a film, video game, book, etc., particularly in North American usage
    • Rail franchising in Great Britain
  • A television franchise, a right to operate a television network.
    • A cable franchise, a right to operate a cable television network.
  • a clause used by insurance companies as a threshold for policy payments, as in deductible
  • "Franchise" (short story), a 1955 short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Dem Franchize Boyz, an American hip hop group from Atlanta
  • Franchise Pictures, a film production company

In sport:

  • Franchise, a term for a team in the type of professional sports league organization most commonly found in North America; see North American professional sports league organization
    • Franchise player, a player on such a team around whom an entire competitive squad can be built
    • Franchise tag, a designation of a player in the US National Football League whose contract is soon to expire that binds him to the team for one year at an enhanced salary
  • League franchise, a local or regional business franchising operation under a particular sporting league in activities such as pool, darts, etc.

Famous quotes containing the word franchise:

    Many famous feet have trod
    Sublunary paths, and famous hands have weighed
    The strength they have against the strength they need;
    And famous lips interrogated God
    Concerning franchise in eternity....
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)

    ...feminism differs from reform of any kind, even franchise reform. Feminists, I should say, are not reformers at all, but rather intellectual biologists and psychologists.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866–1948)

    To-day women constitute the only class of sane people excluded from the franchise ...
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842–1906)