- (of livestock and domestic poultry) permitted to graze or forage for grain, etc., rather than being confined to a feedlot or a small enclosure: a free-range pig.
- of, relating to, or produced by free-range animals: free-range eggs.
- Informal. noting or relating to a style of child rearing in which parents allow their children to move about without constant adult supervision:free-range kids;free-range parents.
Origin of free-range
First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for free-range
They have been raised like free-range chickens, and I am rather a Chinese chicken mom, which seems to make everyone happy!Yiyun Li Takes on Evil in “Kinder Than Solitude”
February 27, 2014
Lenore Skenazy is a columnist at ParentDish.com and author of the book and blog, “ Free-Range Kids” (freerangekids.com).Personal Trainers for Fat Pets
September 24, 2010
Free-range eggs are healthier—and provide more peace of mind—than factory-farmed eggs, right?
As Foer writes in Eating Animals, “I could keep a flock of hens under my sink and call them free-range.”
The next year he published his second book, resembling the first, called Free-Range Chickens.Clueless for Boys
July 6, 2010
The cattle business has been steadily on the chute—that is, the free-range business.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger
- mainly British kept or produced in natural nonintensive conditionsfree-range hens; free-range eggs
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