For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   FRANCHISE. Any special privileges granted to any person in, over, upon, or under any of the streets or public places of the city, whether the privilege has heretofore been granted by it or by the State of Minnesota, or shall hereafter be granted by the city or by the State of Minnesota.
(Prior Code, § 2.63)