free·​man | \ ˈfrē-mən How to pronounce freeman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of freeman

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one enjoying civil or political liberty
2 : one having the full rights of a citizen


biographical name (1)
Free·​man | \ ˈfrē-mən How to pronounce Freeman (audio) \

Definition of Freeman (Entry 2 of 3)

Douglas Sou*thall \ ˈsau̇-​ˌt͟hȯl How to pronounce Freeman (audio) , -​ˌthȯl \ 1886–1953 American editor and historian


biographical name (2)

Definition of Freeman (Entry 3 of 3)

Mary Eleanor Wilkins 1852–1930 née Wilkins American writer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for freeman

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of freeman in a Sentence

Noun after eight years of residency, you will be granted the status of freeman
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Divided into three movies, the story starred Martin freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen reprised his role from the earlier trilogy as the wizard Gandalf. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 26 May 2021 Son of an African king, Venture Smith became the first black man to document his capture from Africa and life as an American slave and successful black freeman in Connecticut., 28 Aug. 2019 Venture took the name Smith as his last name and lived a freeman in Stonington until 1774 before moving to East Haddam., 28 Aug. 2019 The Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston, Texas The Buffalo Soldiers were a group of former slaves, freemen, and black Civil War soldiers who continued to serve America during peacetime. National Geographic, 23 May 2019 These men — consisting of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers — were the first to serve during peacetime. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, 18 May 2018 Once in a new land, Henson helped start in 1841 a freeman settlement called the British American Institute, in an area called Dawn, which became known as one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad. Jared Brock, Smithsonian, 16 May 2018 Harkless told The Oregonian's Joe freeman that timetable could be anywhere from 10 days to six weeks. Charlotte Carroll,, 27 Mar. 2018 Senior running back Royce freeman rushed for 160 yards, breaking LaMichael James' school record of 5,082 career rushing yards. Jen Beyrle,, 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of freeman


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freeman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of freeman

: a free man : a man who is not a slave


free·​man | \ ˈfrē-mən How to pronounce freeman (audio) \
plural freemen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of freeman

: a free person : a person who is not a slave

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