free·born | \ˈfrē-ˈbȯrn \

Definition of freeborn 

1 : not born in vassalage or slavery

2 : of, relating to, or befitting one that is freeborn

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Five percent of the freeborn men of the Hellenic world would trek their way there. National Geographic, "There's a Dark History Behind the Glittering Olympic Games," 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, "A Shakespeare Anniversary Brings Pomp and Plays to Stratford-upon-Avon," 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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English Language Learners Definition of freeborn

: not born in slavery

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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