[free-muh n]

noun, plural free·men.

a person who is free; a person who enjoys personal, civil, or political liberty.
a person who enjoys or is entitled to citizenship, franchise, or other special privilege: a freeman of a city.

Origin of freeman

before 1000; Middle English freman, Old English frēoman. See free, man1
Related formsnon·free·man, noun, plural non·free·men.


[free-muh n]


Douglas Sou·thall [sou-th awl] /ˈsaʊ ðɔl/, 1886–1953, U.S. journalist and biographer.
Edward Augustus,1823–92, English historian.
Mary E(leanor Wilkins),1862–1930, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for freeman

Contemporary Examples of freeman

Historical Examples of freeman

  • In supporting it, therefore, we support all that is dear to the freeman and the philanthropist.

  • He cannot do what he would, and his mind is full of confusion; he is the very reverse of a freeman.

  • And would you say that the soul of such an one is the soul of a freeman, or of a slave?

  • Because a freeman ought not to be a slave in the acquisition of knowledge of any kind.

  • He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for freeman


noun plural -men

a person who is not a slave or in bondage
a person who enjoys political and civil liberties; citizen
a person who enjoys a privilege or franchise, such as the freedom of a city



Cathy, full name Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman . born 1973, Australian sprinter; winner of the 200m and 400m in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 400m in the 2000 Olympic Games
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Word Origin and History for freeman

Old English freoman; see free (adj.) + man (n.).

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