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

Definition of freeman

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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


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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 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., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 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., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 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, "13 destinations for African-American history and culture," 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, "Event helps connect people with the Gary community," 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, "The Story of Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’," 16 May 2018 Harkless told The Oregonian's Joe freeman that timetable could be anywhere from 10 days to six weeks. Charlotte Carroll,, "Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless to Undergo Knee Surgery," 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,, "Watch: Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins, game by the numbers," 21 Oct. 2017 He, an Englishman, a freeman, a subject (albeit unwillingly) of Her Majesty the Queen, was told by a subpoena to get on down to Washington and appear before an executive session of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. William F. Buckley Jr., National Review, "The Ordeal of Kenneth Tynan," 18 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 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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