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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. 2017.
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  • freeborn smiled, and said that he hoped Reding would have clearer views in a little time.

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

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • The freeborn independence of a whole nation, irrespective of colour, shocked the effete stranger's breath away.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • Bless you, freeborn—take care of the baby, of course we will!

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • He complained, in a note addressed to the captain, and claimed the rights of a freeborn Englishman.

  • freeborn himself would feel bashful at taking his child there.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • That is what I dread to hear of sometimes; though good Dr. freeborn, who attends him, will prevent any chance of it, if possible.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • He is a freeborn Roman, and is not to be done away with as a slave.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • They were freeborn, the children of a freedman of Berenike's house.

British Dictionary definitions for freeborn


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