noun, plural lib·er·ties.
- free from captivity or restraint.
- unemployed; out of work.
- free to do or be as specified: You are at liberty to leave at any time during the meeting.
Origin of liberty
Definition for liberty (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for liberty
At this point Marvin gives his Liberty Valance smile, the kind that makes you wish you could disintegrate in front of him.
The first day of Liberty, I was hanging around waiting for Ford to come in.
But Liberty is always dipping his shoulder, whirling around.
We are looking forward to working closely with this champion of liberty.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute|James Kirchick|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whichever way forward works, it needs to happen, so that “liberty and just for all” actually means “all.”State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday|Gene Robinson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Would not that indefinite expression, the liberty of the press, extend to the justification of every possible publication?A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings|Noah Webster
It is very simple: Texas, wearied with the incessantly renewed exactions of Mexico, has revolted to gain its liberty.The White Scalper|Gustave Aimard
If he was disqualified from being one of the twelve, he was not debarred from liberty to serve.Studies in the Epistle of James|A. T. Robertson
Liberty commensurate and identical with Order,—this is the only reality of government and politics.Anarchism and Socialism|George Plechanoff
Young de Cressi can draw a bow; let him fight amongst the archers and have liberty to join the men-at-arms when the time comes.Red Eve|H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for liberty
noun plural -ties
- authorized leave granted to a sailor
- (as modifier)liberty man; liberty boat
Word Origin for liberty
Word Origin and History for liberty
late 14c., "free choice, freedom to do as one chooses," from Old French liberté "freedom, liberty, free will" (14c.), from Latin libertatem (nominative libertas) "freedom, condition of a free man; absence of restraint; permission," from liber "free" (see liberal)
The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure it is right. [Learned Hand, 1944]
Nautical sense of "leave of absence" is from 1758. To take liberties "go beyond the bounds of propriety" is from 1620s. Sense of "privileges by grant" (14c.) led to sense of "a person's private land" (mid-15c.), which yielded sense in 18c. England and America of "a district within a county but having its own justice of the peace," and also "a district adjacent to a city and in some degree under its municipal jurisdiction" (e.g. Northern Liberties of Philadelphia). Also cf. Old French libertés "local rights, laws, taxes."
Idioms and Phrases with liberty
see at liberty; take the liberty of.