WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
free•lance or free-lance /ˈfriˌlæns/USA pronunciation
n., v., -lanced, -lanc•ing, adj., adv. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [no object]
- [countable] Also, ˈfreeˌlanc•er. a person who sells work or services to employers as needed.
- to act or work as a freelance.
- of or relating to a freelance or to freelancing:freelance writing.
- as a freelance:She works freelance.
(frē′lans′, -läns′, -lans′, -läns′),USA pronunciation n., v., -lanced, -lanc•ing, adj., adv. —n. Also, free lance.
- World Historya mercenary soldier or military adventurer of the Middle Ages, often of knightly rank, who offered his services to any state, party, or cause.
- freelance (defs. 1, 2).
- Also, freelancer. a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer.
- a person who contends in a cause or in a succession of various causes, as he or she chooses, without personal attachment or allegiance.
- to act or work as a freelance:The illustrator used to be employed by us but is freelancing now.
- to produce, sell, or accomplish as a freelance:to freelance a magazine article.
- of or pertaining to a freelance or the work of a freelance:a freelance writer; freelance copyediting.
- in the manner of a freelance:She works freelance.
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freelance /ˈfriːˌlɑːns/ n
- Also called: freelancer a self-employed person, esp a writer or artist, who is not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments
- (as modifier): a freelance journalist
- (in medieval Europe) a mercenary soldier or adventurer
- to work as a freelance on (an assignment, etc)
Etymology: 19th Century (in sense 3): later applied to politicians, writers, etc
- as a freelance
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