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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The Bonita Vista junior and 500 freestyle swimmer had plenty of reason to make her first trip the State CIF championships on May 18-19 anything but memorable. Steve Brand,, "Bonita Vista swimmer Julissa Arzave flies in 500 freestyle," 31 May 2018 DeLoof, a team captain as a senior, was a five-time All-American and a seven-time All-America honorable mention at Michigan as a freestyle swimmer. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Austin Hatch, Katelynn Flaherty headline 2018 Ufer Club honorees," 7 May 2018 The fastest freestyle swimmers in Texas attend Stratford High School. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Stratford's Bobo, Stephenson win state titles," 18 Feb. 2018 Nicholas was a freestyle swimmer and had aspirations far beyond college. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "Swimmer. Trombone player. Father. These are the victims of the Florida school shooting.," 15 Feb. 2018 For good measure, Hoffman, Cosic, Joshua Kim and Syrkin also won the 400 freestyle (3:11.03) as La Cañada claimed a league crown. Andrew J. Campa,, "All-Area Boys’ Swimmer of the Year: Syrkin uses setback to fuel monster season," 14 June 2018 His time in the 500 freestyle was 4:29.46, allowing him to win by almost four seconds. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Nighthawk tops swim career with strong finish," 24 May 2018 The victory brought Manuel's career NCAA title total to 13, and was the fifth for her at these championships after winning the 50-meter free and helping Stanford win the 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley and 400-meter medley relays. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Simone Manuel wins final individual event of her Stanford career," 17 Mar. 2018 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

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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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