noun Also free lance.
verb (used without object), free·lanced, free·lanc·ing.
verb (used with object), free·lanced, free·lanc·ing.
- freeing port,
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|Shane Harris|November 17, 2014|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|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|DAILY BEAST
He now lives in Seoul, where he teaches at Hongik University and also works as a freelance fashion photographer.
A year ago, I resigned from my full-time job to be a freelance writer.
The thing that I should now most like to be is a freelance writer.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
Denis, a Democrat at heart, was something of a freelance, inclined to tilt indiscriminately at both parties.Grey Town|Gerald Baldwin
She could be a freelance in Love's lists, notwithstanding the inconvenience of a legal attachment.The Husbands of Edith|George Barr McCutcheon
"I am a volunteer frontier guard," rejoined the freelance, still more impudently.The Treasure of Pearls|Gustave Aimard
"Freelance, by God," the Chief sighed and collapsed into his chair.Arm of the Law|Harry Harrison
- 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
Word Origin for freelance
also free lance, free-lance, "medieval mercenary warrior," 1820 ("Ivanhoe"), from free (adj.) + lance (n.); apparently a coinage of Sir Walter Scott's. Figurative sense is from 1864; specifically of journalism by 1882.
1902, from freelance (n.). Related: Freelancer (1898); freelanced; freelancing.