[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.

Nearby words

  1. freelance,
  2. freelancer,
  3. freeload,
  4. freeloader,
  5. freely,
  6. freeman, douglas southall,
  7. freeman, mary eleanor wilkins,
  8. freemartin,
  9. freemason,
  10. freemasonic

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

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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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