[ freed-muhn ]


, plural freed·men.
  1. a man who has been freed from slavery.


/ ˈfriːdˌmæn /


  1. a man who has been freed from slavery

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfreedˌwoman, noun:feminine

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Word History and Origins

Origin of freedman1

First recorded in 1595–1605; freed ( def ) + man

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Example Sentences

On the Laurel Hill plantation near Natchez, plantation owner William Mercer found that freedmen and women insisted on the right to leave his grounds, grow vegetables for each family, educate their children and set their own pace of work.

The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes, and work for wages.

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In Walton County, a rural community in Georgia, the Ku Klux Klan terrorized freedmen after the war.

Freedman has written widely not only on military history, but on contemporary military strategy in journals and magazines as well.

Strategy, as Freedman describes his admittedly diffuse and multifaceted subject, is both a way of thinking and a way of doing.

Pete Freedman reports on the incredibly well-armed, but peaceful, gathering.

Columbia professor Samuel G. Freedman offers his list of classic books on the civil-rights movement.

"I would like to think [this issue] has nothing to do with transgender," says Freedman.

Of course the master might disregard the regular form and give the freedman any name he pleased.

The patron assisted the freedman in business, often supplying the means with which he was to make a start in his new life.

The new-made freedman set proudly on his head the cap of liberty (pilleus), often seen on Roman coins (Fig. 34).

He became the guardian of the freedman's children, or if no heirs were left, he himself inherited the property.

Licinius was another wealthy freedman belonging to Augustus.


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