freedman

[freed-muh n]

Origin of freedman

First recorded in 1595–1605; freed + man1
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freedman

noun plural -men
  1. a man who has been freed from slavery
Derived Formsfreedwoman, fem n
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Word Origin and History for freedman
n.

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

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