[ lib-er-teen, -tin ]
/ ˈlɪb ərˌtin, -tɪn /


a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, especially a dissolute man; a profligate; rake.
a freethinker in religious matters.
a person freed from slavery in ancient Rome.


free of moral, especially sexual, restraint; dissolute; licentious.
freethinking in religious matters.
Archaic. unrestrained; uncontrolled.

Origin of libertine

1350–1400; Middle English libertyn < Latin lībertīnus of a freedman (adj.), freedman (noun), equivalent to lībert(us) freedman (apparently by reanalysis of liber-tās liberty as libert-ās) + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for libertine

/ (ˈlɪbəˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn) /


a morally dissolute person


morally dissolute

Derived forms of libertine

libertinage or libertinism, noun

Word Origin for libertine

C14 (in the sense: freedman, dissolute person): from Latin lībertīnus freedman, from lībertus freed, from līber free
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