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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for free-born

Historical Examples of free-born

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

  • 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



not born in slavery
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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