free spirit

plural free spirits

Definition of free spirit

: a person who thinks and acts in an uninhibited way without worrying about normal social rules : nonconformist Their daughter is a real free spirit. Von der Becke thinks of himself now as a free spirit: a sort of drug-free, hard-working hippie.— Tim Cahill Here was a man of extraordinary sensitivity, political acumen, spiritual power, and sexual wildness; a free spirit if ever there was one.— Alice Walker

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Other Words from free spirit

free-spirited \ ˈfrē-​ˈspir-​ə-​təd How to pronounce free-spirited (audio) \ 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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In the beating heart of the capital, this area marries the elegance of neighboring Salamanca with the free spirit of Chueca (to the south) and a splash of bohemian from adjacent Malasaña. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Like my dear aunt on the gritty New York City streets, the Santa Fe free spirits stood out, even in a sea of spectacular arts and crafts. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is What Street Style Looks Like in the Heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico," 19 July 2018 More than 20 years after her death, Johnson is remembered for her vibrant smile, free spirit and her contributions to the fight for LGBTQ rights. Erika Ryan, CNN, "Courage and sacrifice: 6 activists behind LGBTQ progress," 26 June 2019 Stéphane was a product of the same system and pointed out that the kids needed to maintain good relations with teachers who could be surprisingly vindictive toward free spirits. Alexandra Marshall, Vogue, "What Does It Take to Stepmother a Pair of French Kids?," 17 May 2019 Other talents who receive screen time include Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, Jo's childhood confidant, Laura Dern as Marmee, the girls' mother who supports their free spirit attitudes, and Meryl Streep as their scene-stealing aunt. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "'Little Women' trailer introduces the March sisters to a new generation," 13 Aug. 2019 Gladys demanded nothing less than excellence from the people around her, and for Gretchen, who was more of a free spirit, the demands could be too much. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Caregiving means evolving relationships," 18 July 2019 Then the city could extend the vehicle-free Spirit Plaza across what is now the roadway and into Hart Plaza. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit needs to put stretch of Jefferson underground for more walkable downtown," 27 July 2019 Zuckerman keeps alive the original film’s free spirit. Donald Liebenson,, "The surf classic ‘Gidget’ is 60 this year, and it remains the ‘absolute ultimate’," 11 July 2019

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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

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

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