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Origin of freelance

Other definitions for freelance (2 of 2)

free lance

noun
a mercenary soldier or military adventurer of the Middle Ages, often of knightly rank, who offered his services to any state, party, or cause.
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How to use freelance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for freelance

freelance
/ (藞fri藧藢l蓱藧ns) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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