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freelance

noun free·lance \ ˈfrē-ˌlan(t)s \
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of freelance

1 a usually free lance : a mercenary soldier especially of the Middle Ages : condottiere
b : a person who acts independently without being affiliated with or authorized by an organization
2 : a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer

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First Known Use of freelance

1819

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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freelance

adjective

Definition of freelance

1 a : of, relating to, or being a freelance : independent
  • a freelance writer
b : done by a freelance
  • freelance reviewing
2 : not sponsored by an organization
  • freelance terrorists

freelance

adverb

Examples of freelance in a Sentence

  1. I wrote a freelance article for a nature magazine.

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First Known Use of freelance

1891

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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freelance

verb

Definition of freelance

: to act or work as a freelance
: to produce as a freelance
  • freelancing magazine articles

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First Known Use of freelance

1902

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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FREELANCE Defined for English Language Learners

freelance

Definition of freelance for English Language Learners

  • : earning money by being hired to work on different jobs for short periods of time rather than by having a permanent job with one employer; also : done or produced by a freelance worker



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