freed·​wom·​an ˈfrēd-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce freedwoman (audio)
: a woman freed from slavery

Examples of freedwoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deeming it a religious conspiracy, the Senate issued a formal decree prohibiting the Bacchanalia throughout Italy—all because a lowly freedwoman wanted to protect her lover. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Nov. 2023 Instead, Nero fell hard for a lowborn freedwoman named Acte. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2020 Who would be more deserving of honor with an additional statue than the freedwoman who conceived of the monument? Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2020 Elizabeth Amelia Parkhill was born in 1817 in Richmond, Va., to a freedwoman who may have served as a cook. Steve Bell, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freedwoman was in 1606

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“Freedwoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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freed·​wom·​an ˈfrēd-ˌwu̇m-ən How to pronounce freedwoman (audio)
: a woman freed from slavery

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