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

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The 23-year-old competed in the 4X100 freestyle relay for Denmark at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Zac Efron's Love Life," 6 Mar. 2019 Both victims were teammates on Brockport High School's swim team, setting a record at a 2016 meet in the 200-meter freestyle relay. Fox News, "Former teammates found dead in burned car had been shot, authorities say," 13 Sep. 2018 The effect is vaguely akin to Joni Mitchell performing freestyle rap at Davos. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Tech Elites Recreate Burning Man Inside Their Living Rooms," 29 June 2018 Witnesses said Dunn was alternating between yelling about himself, love and God, and freestyle rapping. Benjamin Oreskes,, "‘You ain’t poppin’ unless you got haters’: Aspiring rapper turns L.A. commute into nightmare," 28 June 2018 Eminem lashed out in a fiery freestyle rap that debuted during the BET Hip Hop Awards. Jc Reindl, USA TODAY, "Eminem isn't dating Nicki Minaj, but thinks that's a pretty good idea," 28 May 2018 Olsen was upset that the bit where her co-star, War Machine (Don Cheadle), does a freestyle rap about the Avengers along with Late Late Show bandleader Reggie Watts never made it to air. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Watch Don Cheadle's 'Avengers' Freestyle Rap From 'The Late Late Show'," 2 May 2018 Rapper Eminem blasts President Trump in a freestyle rap on topics ranging from the protests in Charlottesville, Va., to the anthem protests in the NFL. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "9 things about Diamond and Silk: Why Facebook says Trump-loving sisters are 'unsafe' | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 There are the sleepless nights spent listening to the loud freestyle rap battles of two inmates in a neighboring cell. Leada Gore,, "The state people forget when listing all 50 (Good news, Alabama)," 22 Mar. 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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