freedman

[ freed-muh n ]
/ ˈfrid mən /
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noun, plural freed·men.

a man who has been freed from slavery.

Nearby words

  1. freebooty,
  2. freeborn,
  3. freecooling,
  4. freecycle,
  5. freediving,
  6. freedmen's bureau,
  7. freedom,
  8. freedom fighter,
  9. freedom food,
  10. freedom march

Origin of freedman

First recorded in 1595–1605; freed + man1

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British Dictionary definitions for freedman

freedman

/ (ˈfriːdˌmæn) /

noun plural -men

a man who has been freed from slavery
Derived Formsfreedwoman, fem n

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Word Origin and History for freedman

freedman

n.

"manumitted slave," c.1600, from past participle of free (adj.) + man (n.). Also cf. freeman.

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