[ lib-er-tee ]
/ ˈlɪb ər ti /

noun, plural lib·er·ties.

Idioms for liberty

    at liberty,
    1. free from captivity or restraint.
    2. unemployed; out of work.
    3. free to do or be as specified: You are at liberty to leave at any time during the meeting.

Origin of liberty

1325–75; Middle English liberte < Middle French < Latin lībertās, equivalent to līber free + -tās -ty2


6 franchise, permission, license, privilege, immunity. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for at liberty

/ (ˈlɪbətɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for liberty

C14: from Old French liberté, from Latin lībertās, from līber free
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Idioms and Phrases with at liberty (1 of 2)

at liberty

Free, not obligated; also, not occupied. For example, I am not at liberty to tell you the whole story, or “I ... washed when there was a basin at liberty” (Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847). This idiom is often used in a negative context, as in the first example. [First half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with at liberty (2 of 2)


see at liberty; take the liberty of.

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