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  1. born free, rather than in slavery, bondage, or vassalage.
  2. pertaining to or befitting persons born free.
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Origin of freeborn

First recorded in 1300–50, freeborn is from the Middle English word freborn, freeborn. See free, born
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Historical Examples of free-born

  • Yet he was a free-born son of Athens, from a family of painters.

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  • For there they bear higher sway than the free-born, nay, higher than the nobles.

  • All free-born persons, however, were without exception released by Lysander.



  • I have fourteen free-born souls, I tell you, under my single roof, and how are we to live?

  • Why, bless your soul, do you not see he has only slaves and I have free-born souls to feed?

British Dictionary definitions for free-born


  1. not born in slavery
  2. of, relating to, or suitable for people not born in slavery
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Word Origin and History for free-born


mid-14c., from free (adj.) + born.

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