Origin of freelance

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freelance

/ (ˈfriːˌlɑːns) /

noun

  1. Also called: freelancer a self-employed person, esp a writer or artist, who is not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments
  2. (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

verb

to work as a freelance on (an assignment, etc)

adverb

as a freelance

Word Origin for freelance

C19 (in sense 3): later applied to politicians, writers, etc
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