- Also freelancer. a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer.
- a person who contends in a cause or in a succession of various causes, as he or she chooses, without personal attachment or allegiance.
- to act or work as a freelance: The illustrator used to be employed by us but is freelancing now.
- to produce, sell, or accomplish as a freelance: to freelance a magazine article.
- of or relating to a freelance or the work of a freelance: a freelance writer; freelance copyediting.
- in the manner of a freelance: She works freelance.
Origin of freelance
Examples from the Web for freelance
Freelance journalist Austin Tice was abducted in Syria more than two years ago.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
The Herald asked her to be a freelance reporter, but not because of her notorious status.Amanda Knox, Cub Reporter: The Convicted Murderer Is Now Writing Theater Reviews for a Small Seattle Paper
November 4, 2014
Lottie Joiner is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer and senior editor of The Crisis magazine.Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'
Lottie L. Joiner
September 2, 2014
He now lives in Seoul, where he teaches at Hongik University and also works as a freelance fashion photographer.Black K-Pop Fans Come Out of the Closet
August 31, 2014
A year ago, I resigned from my full-time job to be a freelance writer.My Life as an Illegal AirBnb Landlord
June 10, 2014
"Freelance, by God," the Chief sighed and collapsed into his chair.Arm of the Law
Occasionally he assisted Quirk with a black and white sketch for "The Freelance."
The 'Freelance' is all right, but it never can be the 'Mercury.'
The thing that I should now most like to be is a freelance writer.Atlantis
Freelance writer and author, Isaac Don Levine for the record.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- Also called: freelancera self-employed person, esp a writer or artist, who is not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments
- (as modifier)a freelance journalist
- a person, esp a politician, who supports several causes or parties without total commitment to any one
- (in medieval Europe) a mercenary soldier or adventurer
- to work as a freelance on (an assignment, etc)
- as a freelance
Word Origin and History for freelance
1902, from freelance (n.). Related: Freelancer (1898); freelanced; freelancing.