free spirit


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free-spirited \ˈfrē-​ˈspir-​ə-​təd \ adjective

Examples of free spirit in a Sentence

Their daughter is a real free spirit. an artistically inclined free spirit who felt alienated and stifled while growing up in a small town

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Coleen was and always will be a free spirit, wild at heart, unique in every way and her friends and family loved her for it. Hartford Courant,, "Coleen M. Phillips," 7 Mar. 2018 Family described Kurkowski, a San Antonio native, as a free spirit who had a great sense of humor. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Family seeks answers after woman hanged self in police custody," 21 June 2018 Jack was never there for Laura or her sister (Kristen Schaal), an L.A. dog-walker and free spirit who has agreed to take in the old man. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 The Schlegel sisters were definitely forward-thinking, kind of the beginnings of the feminist movement — free spirits, particularly Helen. Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, "How to Cast Serial Killers and Wrestlers," 18 June 2018 Peter Unger traveled the world, first in the Navy at the tail end of the Korean War and then as a free spirit searching the ancient paths of India for life's sacred meaning. J.d. Gallop,, "Nearly half a dozen people have died in Walmart parking lots in Brevard County since 2015," 24 June 2018 Although based on a Renaissance recipe, Eau fit the free spirit of the emerging hippie generation and was an instant hit. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The Untold Story Behind Paris’s Most Charming Boutique," 21 June 2018 Flashback to five months earlier, when Tami arrives in Tahiti, a 23-year-old free spirit with no clear life plans. Jocelyn Noveck, kansascity, "‘Adrift’: Woman vs. nature tale for the #MeToo era," 31 May 2018 Paula, a free spirit who perhaps veers too close to the edge at times, comes up with a series of increasingly sneaky schemes to get her boyfriend back and find a place to live. Laura Demarco,, "Cleveland International Film Festival: "Montparnasse Bienvenue" and "Julia Ist" showcase women on the verge (reviews)," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of free spirit

1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of free spirit

: a person who thinks and acts in a free way without worrying about normal social rules

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