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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Atkinson set a pool record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.15. Mike Owens,, "Tuesday's Pa. roundup: Malvern Prep battles past Springside Chestnut Hill," 31 Jan. 2018 McDonogh’s boys: Colin Bitz (100 backstroke), Derek Nguyen (100 breaststroke), Ben Merz, Selnick Alexander Zuga and Nguyen for the 200 freestyle relay. Katherine Dunn,, "McDonogh, Loyola swimmers named high school All-Americans," 5 July 2018 Sophomore Aidan Blair won the 200 freestyle in 1:41.63, which coach Tim Postiff said is not far off the school record of 1:41.30, set by Bob Dolan in 1978. Matt Szabo,, "Laguna Beach again sweeps Orange Coast League swimming finals," 4 May 2018 Patterson won the 15-kilometer freestyle, Tyler Kornfield won the 30K classic and Reese Hanneman won both of the two sprint titles. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Olympic hopefuls Stassel, Mancari await their fate along with several Alaska nordic skiers," 21 Jan. 2018 Ikee led qualifiers in the heats of the women's 50-meter freestyle. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018 The sophomore won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly at the state championships and broke her own state record in the 50 free. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "CAL's Gabi Albiero named Courier Journal Girls Swimmer of the Year," 7 June 2018 In the 15 to 18-year-old 50-yard freestyle, Caitlyn Bracher, along with Emily Pope and Alexandria Penny captured three of the four-fastest times. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Seal swimmers post strong times in CCSL opener," 4 June 2018 With a dive like that, King James could rule the pool in the Olympics 50-meter freestyle. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday Punch: Sexy thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots," 5 May 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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