free·​born | \ ˈfrē-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce freeborn (audio) \

Definition of freeborn

1 : not born in vassalage or slavery
2 : of, relating to, or befitting one that is freeborn

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Recent Examples on the Web Set in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, this novel imagines the life of Libertie Sampson, a freeborn woman whose mother is one of the first Black female doctors in the United States. The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 He was joined by Stephen Swails, a freeborn African American from the North who had served as an officer in the Civil War. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 Wells highlights David Ruggles, a freeborn Black New Yorker, who formed a vital organization—the New York Vigilance Committee—to protect fugitives and free Blacks from enslavement. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, 7 Dec. 2020 Five percent of the freeborn men of the Hellenic world would trek their way there. National Geographic, 31 July 2016 The exhibit also features the first black man to play Othello in London: a freeborn American, Ira Aldridge, in 1825, at the age of 17. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of freeborn

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freeborn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of freeborn

: not born in slavery

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