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[free-reynj] /ˈfriˌreɪndʒ/
(of livestock and domestic poultry) permitted to graze or forage for grain, etc., rather than being confined to a feedlot or a small enclosure:
a free-range pig.
of, relating to, or produced by free-range animals:
free-range eggs.
Origin of free-range
1910-15 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for free-range
  • Scratching and pecking at the ground is a large group of free-range chickens.
  • The best, tastiest cuts of meat come from non-stressed free-range stock.
  • The testicles were preserved in a jar of alcohol and placed on the spice rack next to a free-range squirrel head.
  • Salmonella is a serious illness, but it is rarely found in the organic eggs of well-fed, free-range happy hens.
  • Raising free-range livestock is a low-tech proposition.
  • Not last year's zombie, but the funny, free-range independent unafraid to offend his audience.
  • Organic and free-range certifications cover different aspects of raising chickens for food.
  • Organic and free-range food industries have grown in opposition to industrial farming.
  • Guest meals include fresh and whole wheat ingredients and, when possible, organic and free-range meat and poultry.
  • She cooks dinner every night and, for a time, even raised her own free-range chickens.
British Dictionary definitions for free-range


(mainly Brit) kept or produced in natural nonintensive conditions: free-range hens, free-range eggs
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Slang definitions & phrases for free-range



Unconfined; free to roam: The Mall of America is not just one more amalgam of frozen-yogurt stands and packs of free-range adolescents in Guess jeans

[1960s+; fr the distinction between free-range chickens and battery chickens, which are raised in confinement]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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