of or relating to work conducted by a person who sells their services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer: a freelance writer;freelance copyediting.: Compare full-time (def. 2).
to sell services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer: The illustrator used to be employed by us but is freelancing now.
to produce, sell, or accomplish (something) while selling services by the hour, day, job, etc.: Every so often I freelance a magazine article for some extra cash.
in the manner of one who sells services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer: She works freelance.
a person who contends in a cause or in a succession of various causes, as they choose, without personal attachment or allegiance.
Other definitions for free lance (2 of 2)
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
Abigail Higgins is a freelance journalist in Washington who covers gender, health and inequality.A feminine wash for teens? Angry parents and gynecologists are on a social media crusade. | Abigail Higgins | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Lauren Wolfe made no ripples last May when she started as a freelance editor at the New York Times.‘It’s a shot at my reputation’: Lauren Wolfe reacts to NYT’s statement about her dismissal | Erik Wemple | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Look, I’d much rather be doing the work that I’m currently doing than waiting tables, even though there are times as a freelance journalist, where my income has been about comparable to what it was waiting tables.Why You Don't Feel as Fulfilled From Your Job as You Think You Should | Eliana Dockterman | January 25, 2021 | Time
Derek Swinhart is a freelance writer working in the PC hardware industry.Virtual reality has real problems. Here’s how game developers seek to delete them. | Derek Swinhart | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Erick Trickey is a Boston-based freelance writer who teaches magazine journalism at Boston University.Long before QAnon, Ronald Reagan and the GOP purged John Birch extremists from the party | Erick Trickey | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
freelance journalist Austin Tice was abducted in Syria more than two years ago.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage | Shane Harris | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was a former bodyguard for Aung San Suu Kyi and a prominent freelance reporter.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives | Joshua Carroll | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Justin Miller | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
He now lives in Seoul, where he teaches at Hongik University and also works as a freelance fashion photographer.
Mom's a freelance relocation specialist who helps British people get settled in in San Francisco.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
Denis, a Democrat at heart, was something of a freelance, inclined to tilt indiscriminately at both parties.Grey Town | Gerald Baldwin
The thing that I should now most like to be is a freelance writer.Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann
As I get it, he is a sort of freelance writer, and I think he was on an assignment then.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
She could be a freelance in Love's lists, notwithstanding the inconvenience of a legal attachment.The Husbands of Edith | George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for freelance
Also called: freelancer a 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
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