Nearby words

  1. freehand,
  2. freehold,
  3. freeholder,
  4. freeing port,
  5. freekeh,
  6. freelancer,
  7. freeload,
  8. freeloader,
  9. freely,
  10. freeman

Origin of freelance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for freelance



  1. Also called: freelancera 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


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


as a freelance

Word Origin for freelance

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

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