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. 
  1. [countable] Also,  ˈfreeˌlanc•er. a person who sells work or services to employers as needed.

v. [no object]
  1. to act or work as a freelance.

adj. 
  1. of or relating to a freelance or to freelancing:freelance writing.

adv. 
  1. as a freelance:She works freelance.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
free lance′, 
  1. 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.
  2. freelance (defs. 1, 2).

free•lance  (frēlans′, -läns′, -lans, -läns),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -lanced, -lanc•ing, adj., adv. —n. Also, free lance. 
  1. 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.
  2. a person who contends in a cause or in a succession of various causes, as he or she chooses, without personal attachment or allegiance.

v.i. 
  1. to act or work as a freelance:The illustrator used to be employed by us but is freelancing now.

v.t. 
  1. to produce, sell, or accomplish as a freelance:to freelance a magazine article.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to a freelance or the work of a freelance:a freelance writer; freelance copyediting.

adv. 
  1. in the manner of a freelance:She works freelance.
Also,  free-lance′. 
  • free + lance1


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

freelance /ˈfriːˌlɑːns/ n
  1. Also called: freelancer a self-employed person, esp a writer or artist, who is not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments
  2. (as modifier): a freelance journalist
  3. (in medieval Europe) a mercenary soldier or adventurer
vb
  1. to work as a freelance on (an assignment, etc)
adv
  1. as a freelance
Etymology: 19th Century (in sense 3): later applied to politicians, writers, etc



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