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freestyle

[ free-stahyl ]
/ ˈfriˌstaɪl /
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noun
Swimming.
  1. competition in which any of the standard strokes may be used, according to the swimmer's choice.
  2. the crawl.
Wrestling. catch-as-catch-can.
(in other sports) a performance or routine featuring relatively free, unrestricted movement or intended to demonstrate an individual's special skills or style, as in figure skating, gymnastics, or surfing.
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Origin of freestyle

First recorded in 1930–35; free + style

OTHER WORDS FROM freestyle

freestyler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for freestyle

freestyle
/ (ˈfriːˌstaɪl) /

noun
a competition or race, as in swimming, in which each participant may use a style of his or her choice instead of a specified style
  1. an amateur style of wrestling with an agreed set of rules
  2. Also called: all-in wrestling a style of professional wrestling with no internationally agreed set of rules
a series of acrobatics performed in skiing, etc
(as modifier)a freestyle event
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