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freeman

[free-muh n] /ˈfri mən/
noun, plural freemen.
1.
a person who is free; a person who enjoys personal, civil, or political liberty.
2.
a person who enjoys or is entitled to citizenship, franchise, or other special privilege:
a freeman of a city.
Origin of freeman
1000
before 1000; Middle English freman, Old English frēoman. See free, man1
Related forms
nonfreeman, noun, plural nonfreemen.

Freeman

[free-muh n] /ˈfri mən/
noun
1.
Douglas Southall
[sou-th awl] /ˈsaʊ ðɔl/ (Show IPA),
1886–1953, U.S. journalist and biographer.
2.
Edward Augustus, 1823–92, English historian.
3.
Mary E(leanor Wilkins) 1862–1930, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
4.
a male given name.
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  • The effect on freeman Todder was not at all what Bruce had expected.

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
  • For a long time it seemed that the freeman's prerogative was being taken from him.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • freeman sternly ordered her to be quiet, but she did not heed him.

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  • I took home, to-day, a couple of aprons made for Mrs. freeman.

  • This court also made the decision of whether a certain person was a villein or freeman.

British Dictionary definitions for freeman

freeman

/ˈfriːmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person who is not a slave or in bondage
2.
a person who enjoys political and civil liberties; citizen
3.
a person who enjoys a privilege or franchise, such as the freedom of a city

Freeman

/ˈfriːmən/
noun
1.
Cathy, full name Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman. born 1973, Australian sprinter; winner of the 200m and 400m in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 400m in the 2000 Olympic Games
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Word Origin and History for freeman
n.

Old English freoman; see free (adj.) + man (n.).

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