noun, often attributive
free·​style | \ ˈfrē-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce freestyle (audio) \

Definition of freestyle

1 : a competition in which the contestant is given more latitude than in related events especially : a swimming competition in which the swimmer may use any stroke

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Other Words from freestyle

freestyler noun

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And tapping into that freestyle defensive line play that swayed him toward the Cowboys. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Why former Pro Bowl DE Robert Quinn chose Cowboys over Saints as trade destination," 24 June 2019 Royal Ascot, and especially the Royal Enclosure, is best experienced in a more freestyle way. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2019 Why can’t Madonna get back together with Jellybean and record a freestyle album? Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Madonna's Cringe-Worthy 'Madame X'," 14 June 2019 Later the same year, the California native went on to earn a silver medal with his team in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Sergio Carmona,, "Olympian Anthony Ervin to instruct swim clinic at Miami JCC," 11 June 2019 His final freestyle did not go over well with the judges. Thomas O'toole, USA TODAY, "How Olympian Adam Rippon won 'Dancing with the Stars' beating Tonya Harding, Josh Norman," 21 May 2018 Since blazing into the public eye as a freestyle skier, Kenworthy has donated his time and money to organizations that benefit the LGBTQ community. Ian Malone, Vogue, "This Year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares Event Unfolded in Spectacular Fashion," 11 Apr. 2019 When the Masters season ended in May, he was ranked first in the country in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and the 200-, 500-, and 1,000-yard freestyle in the 75-79 age group. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Butterfly Effect That Powers a Masters Swimmer," 5 Jan. 2019 Disembodied and poorly acted voices occasionally spout juvenile philosophy about the freedom of freestyle racing or something equally hollow. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "The Crew 2 review: Where is everybody?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of freestyle

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of freestyle was in 1913

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English Language Learners Definition of freestyle

: a competition (such as a swimming race) in which the competitors are allowed to use different styles or methods

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