free·​bie | \ˈfrē-bē \
variants: or freebee

Definition of freebie 

: something (such as a theater ticket) given without charge

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Examples of freebie in a Sentence

On the store's opening day, the manager gave out hats, small toys, and other freebies. I got this CD as a freebie for buying a receiver.

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The talk focused on games across Blizzard Entertainment's portfolio—along with a huge freebie from its corporate siblings at Bungie. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarCraft 3: Reforged," 2 Nov. 2018 The first step is a freebie: Start the day by cleaning your face with a cleanser that works for your skin type. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How You Should Order Your Daily Skincare and Makeup Routine," 29 Aug. 2018 USA TODAY Network food critics and reporters share Father's Day dining destinations, deals and freebies in time for the weekend. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, "This week in food and drink: Father's Day dining," 15 June 2018 Baskin-Robbins, which isn't as good as blue ice cream but still gets the job done, is celebrating National Ice Cream Month with freebies. Mallorie Sullivan,, "3 headlines: Drake's Cincy trips, Kings Island's greatest export and new Moerlein beer," 29 June 2018 If a freebie is also available to the general public — say, an ice cream shop is handing out samples or everybody gets a free bagel on their 10th visit — that’s a different story. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Restaurant critic sets the record straight on reviews, who pays for his food," 29 May 2018 These businesses are making an otherwise dreary day a little brighter with these 2018 Tax Day freebies. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Use these Tax Day 2018 freebies to reward yourself for filing before deadline," 13 Apr. 2018 Saturday’s freebies also include another round of Front Porch Storytelling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An Open Mike Swapping Grounds program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday is open to anyone with a story to share. Rosemarie Dowell,, "Florida Storytelling Festival will feature many with the gift of telling a good yarn," 9 Apr. 2018 Though many spots will be offering deals all month long, most are saving their freebies for National Ice Cream Day, which falls on Sunday, July 15 this year. Olivia Harrison,, "Here's Where To Get Free Ice Cream This Month," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of freebie

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for freebie

by alteration from obsolete freeby gratis, irregular from free

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The first known use of freebie was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of freebie

: something that is given for free

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