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[freed-muh n] /ˈfrid mən/
noun, plural freedmen.
a man who has been freed from slavery.
1595-1605; freed + man1 Unabridged
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  • To them he was also overly trusting, and easily manipulated by his wives and freedmen.
  • However, these same sources admit that the freedmen were loyal to claudius.
  • According to appian, the new settlers were drawn from freedmen of rome.
British Dictionary definitions for freedmen


noun (pl) -men
a man who has been freed from slavery
Derived Forms
freedwoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for freedmen



"manumitted slave," c.1600, from past participle of free (adj.) + man (n.). Also cf. freeman.

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Encyclopedia Article for freedmen


former slave set free. In ancient Athens, former slaves bore no stigma, and some rose to positions of political or economic power. During the later Hellenistic period, however, some Greek communities passed laws providing separate regulations and restrictions for former slaves. To the Greeks citizenship was a hereditary privilege and thus barred to freedmen, but under Roman law a manumitted slave might become a citizen if the proper legal form was followed, although he did not enjoy full civic rights. In Carolingian times the descendants of a freedman could claim the rights of the freeborn only after three generations had passed

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