What does the word franchise mean?

Usage examples for franchise

  1. If Pennington suspected I was back of it, he'd fight me before the city council and move heaven and earth to keep me out of a franchise to use the city streets and cross his line. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  2. I come among you bearing the precious promises of education, of religion, of equal franchise, of fashion! – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  3. I wheeled on him and bade him remain where he was until the council's will was made known; then I walked into the circle; and when they cried out that I had no franchise, I laughed at them, challenging them to deny me my right to stand here for the entire Oneida nation. – The Reckoning by Robert W. Chambers