Free State


: a state of the U.S. in which slavery was prohibited before the Civil War

Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Free State was in 1819

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“Free State.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition

Free State

geographical name

variants or Vrystaat or formerly Orange Free State
ˈȯr-inj How to pronounce Free State (audio)
province of the east central part of the Republic of South Africa between the Orange and Vaal rivers and bordering Lesotho area 49,992 square miles (129,480 square kilometers), population 2,745,590

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