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

Examples of freestyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Anchorage woman claimed second place in a 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit race to help give the United States an unprecedented 1-2 finish in a World Cup cross-country race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage skier Rosie Brennan helps give US a historic gold-and-silver finish in World Cup racing," 4 Jan. 2021 Joining Zhang as one of only three swimmers to claim multiple individual titles Saturday was Newman’s Pierce Thionville, who won the 500- and 200-yard freestyle events. Mike Gegenheimer Contributing Writer,, "Metro swim meet: Lusher's Derek Zhang named top swimmer; Jesuit runs away with team title," 31 Oct. 2020 Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Burke laid the groundwork for the first Special Olympics at Soldier Field in 1968, at which Cusack won his first gold medal in the 25-yard freestyle swim. Chronicle News Services,, "Army takes Liberty Bowl spot left by Tennessee’s withdrawal," 21 Dec. 2020 Jarupakorn set records in Friday’s preliminary races in the 50-yard freestyle (20.36 seconds) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.61) and went on to win both races by comfortable margins in Saturday’s finals. Anchorage Daily News, "Lynx swim to 11th straight sweep of team titles and Service boys rewrite the record book at CIC championships," 15 Nov. 2020 Tucker Ashton placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and ninth in the 50-yard freestyle. Joshua Iversen, The Arizona Republic, "Here's a look at boys high school swim and dive teams to watch this fall," 12 Sep. 2020 This infectious and sultry trap gem about a former couple whose back-and-forth on what went wrong with their relationship has Ecko spitting some fiery freestyle skills that are married with Cazzuâ's sugary vocals. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Latin Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 16 Dec. 2020 And Gus Kenworthy, a former U.S. freestyle skier who now competes for Britain, came out as gay on ESPN in 2015. New York Times, "Ski Champion Comes Out as Gay: ‘I’m Ready to Be Happy’," 13 Dec. 2020 Tina Gustafsson, a 1982 University of Cincinnati grad, won a silver medal for Sweden in swimming the 4x100 freestyle relay. James Weber,, "Swimming 'saved me and taught me who I am,' says 1980 Olympian who is a top coach," 3 June 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Freestyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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