free·​lanc·​er ˈfrē-ˌlan(t)-sər How to pronounce freelancer (audio)
plural freelancers
: a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer : freelance sense 1
hired a freelancer to write the article
… there were hundreds of photographers on the scene, some on assignment, some freelancers, most of them amateurs.Garrison Keillor
But while Renzo is the ultimate company man, a lifetime employee who reports to the same office every morning, Riccardo is the prototypical freelancer, a peripatetic problem-solver with five-dozen clients.Bruce Schoenfeld
: a person who acts independently without being affiliated with or authorized by an organization : freelance sense 2b
[Anthony] Grafton contrasts public intellectuals outside and inside the universities, and he takes note of today's nostalgia for the freethinkers who lived and wrote independently of deans and classrooms. But it is good to be reminded that in that golden era of freelancers such as Wilson, H. L. Mencken, and Mary McCarthy, voices like theirs were also raised in universities.G. W. Bowersock

Examples of freelancer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alarming research from the Film & TV Charity in January showed nearly half of freelancers are struggling to make ends meet. Jesse Whittock, Deadline, 5 July 2024 Of course, one counterpoint to that argument is that these days, a lot of people in the economy are freelancers and gig workers whose entire income is dependent on performing just one task, often for multiple clients or customers. Will Daniel, Fortune, 25 June 2024 Their solution is to outsource the detective work of finding which pharmacies have these medicines in stock to freelancers abroad. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 11 June 2024 Across the country, at least another dozen reporters and freelancers are covering campus protests for The Times. Edmund Lee, New York Times, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for freelancer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of freelancer was in 1924

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“Freelancer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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