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[free-bawrn] /ˈfriˌbɔrn/
born free, rather than in slavery, bondage, or vassalage.
pertaining to or befitting persons born free.
Origin of freeborn
First recorded in 1300-50, freeborn is from the Middle English word freborn, freeborn. See free, born Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He is a freeborn Roman, and is not to be done away with as a slave.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • They are a freeborn, manly people and love the boundless steppe.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • Mr. freeborn suspended his breakfast operations, and sat back in his chair.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • "A mere Jesuitical distinction," said freeborn with emotion.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • All this was very unfair on freeborn, though he had provoked it.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • Most of the party were undergraduates; he (freeborn) was a Master; it was too bad of Bateman.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • It might be well if freeborn American girls were as thoroughly protected.

  • For that seems to be more fitting for slaves than the freeborn.

  • Bless you, freeborn—take care of the baby, of course we will!

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for freeborn


not born in slavery
of, relating to, or suitable for people not born in slavery
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