Definitions for freelanceˈfriˌlæns, -ˌlɑns, -ˈlæns, -ˈlɑns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

free′ lance`(n.)

  1. a mercenary soldier of the Middle Ages who offered his services to any state or cause.

    Category: Western History

  2. Ref: freelance (defs. 1, 2). 2 1 2 2

Origin of free lance:


free•lanceˈfriˌlæns, -ˌlɑns, -ˈlæns, -ˈlɑns(n.; v.; adj.; adv.)-lanced, -lanc•ing

or free-lance

  1. (n.)Also, free′lanc`er. a person who sells services without working on a salary basis for one employer.

  2. a person who contends in causes without attachment or allegiance.

  3. (v.i.)to act or work as a freelance.

  4. (v.t.)to produce or sell as a freelance.

  5. (adj.)of or pertaining to a freelance or the work of a freelance.

  6. (adv.)in the manner of a freelance.

Origin of freelance:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, independent, self-employed person(adj)

    a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them

  2. freelance, free-lance, self-employed(adj)

    working for yourself

  3. mercenary(a), free-lance(a), freelance(a)(verb)

    serving for wages in a foreign army

    "mercenary killers"

  4. freelance(verb)

    work independently and on temporary contracts rather than for a long-term employer


  1. freelance(Noun)

    Someone who sells his services to employers without a long-term contract

  2. freelance(Noun)

    A medieval mercenary

  3. freelance(Verb)

    To work as a freelance

  4. freelance(Verb)

    To produce or sell services as a freelance

  5. freelance(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to a freelance; without contract

    He was a freelance writer for several magazines.

  6. Origin: From free + lance.

Translations for freelance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of or done by) a person who is working on his own, not for any one employer

a freelance journalist; freelance work.

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