from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Software that is available for free, usually over the Internet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Complete and functional software that does not require payment or other compensation (such as nags or advertising) for its use. Freeware may be a proprietary license with no access to the source code.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. software that is provided without charge
From free + ware, a contraction of software; Coined by Andrew Fluegelman (Wiktionary)