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[free-bawrn] /ˈfriˌbɔrn/
born free, rather than in slavery, bondage, or vassalage.
pertaining to or befitting persons born free.
Origin of freeborn
1300-50; Middle English freborn, freeborn. See free, born Unabridged
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  • Pliny relates in his panegyric, that he had caused five thousand free-born children to be sought out and educated.

  • For there they bear higher sway than the free-born, nay, higher than the nobles.

  • To taunt a free-born man, as p. 95David was, with having been a slave and a runaway.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • I have fourteen free-born souls, I tell you, under my single roof, and how are we to live?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • I do my best, Sir; But men of free-born minds sometimes will flie out.Anc.

  • Why, bless your soul, do you not see he has only slaves and I have free-born souls to feed?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Come, let us fly;—lo, to the free-born mind The world's wide compass is a fatherland!

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
  • But he reflected that he was a free-born Briton and had his rights.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Under the best Greek conditions, it was only the free-born citizen, residing in his native city state, who voted.

  • Who made this portentous "decency" to be the rule of free-born life?

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for free-born


not born in slavery
of, relating to, or suitable for people not born in slavery
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Word Origin and History for free-born

mid-14c., from free (adj.) + born.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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