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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. in the Middle Ages, and subsequently, a knight or roving soldier, who was free to engage for any state or commander that purchased his services; hence, a person who assails institutions or opinions on his own responsibility without regard to party lines or deference to authority. See also freelance, n. and a., and freelancer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them


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