Free State


Definition of Free State

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Free State

geographical name
variants: or Vrystaat \ ˈfrā-​ˌstät How to pronounce Vrystaat (audio) , ˈfrī-​ \ or formerly Orange Free State \ ˈȯr-​inj How to pronounce Orange Free State (audio) , ˈär-​ , -​ənj \

Definition of Free State (Entry 2 of 2)

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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1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Free State.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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