noun, often attributive
free·style | \ ˈfrē-ˌstī(-ə)l \

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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By the 1940s, swim star Esther Williams was on screens and posters in two-piece suits that showed a swath of above-the-button belly and the abs that had made her a national champion in the 100-meter freestyle. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "A scandalous, two-piece history of the bikini," 6 July 2018 Statistically speaking: Katy Elsen was third in the league in the 100-backstroke and 50-yard freestyle. Melanie Laughman,, "Photographs and memories: Mother of Mercy's final athletic year, 2017-2018," 2 July 2018 Feeley, a captain on the boys swimming team, has been a conference champ in the 100-yard freestyle. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Baranek: Tinley Park senior Michael Feeley takes unlikely path to water polo future at Iona," 2 May 2018 Nancy Seiboldt said getting assistance from a swim club will help Grace learn to pace herself on races like the 400 freestyle, where swimmers need to conserve energy for the last legs. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Special Olympian from Naperville wins gold in national competition," 10 July 2018 The party focuses on classic dance styles from the late ’70s to early ’90s, including Chicago house, disco, freestyle, groove, boogie, Italo and funk. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 In the USA Swimming 2017-18 short course (yards) season, for 15-year-old females, Strouse ranked first nationally in the 1,000 freestyle, first in the 1,650 free, second in the 200 free, second in the 500 free and third in the 100 free. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Who's Next: Chaparral swimmer Ashley Strouse," 28 June 2018 Lucas Farrar of Arrowhead flirted with state records, winning the 50-yard freestyle (20.47 seconds) and 100 free (44.37). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are the teams and athletes from Milwaukee area who won state titles in 2017-18," 20 June 2018 Here’s Metz powering through double-unders: The third type is freestyle, which combines gymnastics and choreography. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5-Time Jump Rope World Champion Molly Metz Shares What It Takes to Dominate in the Sport," 1 June 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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