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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freestyler noun

Examples of freestyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Diggins and Brennan ended the race series with impressive showings in Sunday’s 10-kilometer freestyle hillclimb in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Maubet Bjornsen, Brennan crack top 15 in final Tour de Ski standings," 6 Jan. 2020 Ledecky led the Cardinal to national team titles in 2017 and ’18 and finished her college career as the American record holder in six freestyle events. Ron Kroichick,, "More memorable moments: Athletics’ division title, Klay Thompson’s Game 6 outburst round out decade’s best of the rest," 30 Dec. 2019 On finale night, Brown’s freestyle was a technically demanding routine, smoothly delivered, with a lot of showy lifts. Hal Boedeker,, "'Dancing With the Stars’: Who won?," 25 Nov. 2019 Ever the professional, Keys isn’t too worried about what the crowd here thinks of her freestyle dancing. Marcus Jones,, "Behind the scenes of Alicia Keys' dreamy, roller skating-inspired 'Time Machine' video," 20 Nov. 2019 All-ages skaters will carve figure-eights to a soundtrack of old-school funk, soul, freestyle and rap provided by live DJs. Phillip Valys,, "Winter forecast: 100 percent chance of (fake) snow in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach," 19 Nov. 2019 Derek Burlew and JJ Romans have skills that extend beyond the circus and into another world: competitive freestyle motocross. Cindy Dampier,, "‘Inside the tent, it’s one big party.’ Meet the UniverSoul Circus performers who’ve been wowing Chicago for generations," 5 Nov. 2019 Ages 4+ Build your own triceratops (or have freestyle fun) with this 67-piece set of oversize Plus-Plus pieces. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards," 18 Oct. 2019 Visitors can actually descend four trails, a slalom course and a freestyle park before hoisting a pilsner at the après-ski bar. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Freestyle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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