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

Other Words from freestyle

freestyler noun

Examples of freestyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Penn sophomore set state record in 50-yard freestyle and was second in 100 free. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2022 Tylor Kim was Lake Oswego’s top performer, winning the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2022 Diggins sprinted for the gold in Pyeongchang in 2018 in the team sprint freestyle, winning with Kikkan Randall and taking USA's first gold medal in women's cross-country skiing ever. Lori Nickel, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2022 Andover 100, Haverhill 83 — Maya Flatley took first in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle to help the Golden Warriors (7-2) to a win in the Merrimack Valley Conference., 20 Oct. 2021 At Glenbrook South, Smoliga set national high school records in the 50-yard freestyle (21.99 seconds) and the 100-yard backstroke (51.43) at the 2012 state meet. Matt Le Cren,, 18 Mar. 2022 McKelvey and Matthew Lee took the top two spots in the 100 freestyle (44.89 and 45.46), despite coming out of Friday’s preliminary heats seeded second and fourth. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 12 Mar. 2022 Last week, Residente called Balvin out in detail with a relentless, eight-minute freestyle, which was produced by the Argentine wunderkind Bizarrap. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2022 He’s in Tokyo as the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 97-kilogram (213.9-pound) freestyle class., 7 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of freestyle

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freestyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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