from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who has been freed from slavery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who has been released from a condition of slavery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who has been a slave, and has been set free.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who has been a slave and is manumitted or otherwise set free: as, the freedmen of ancient Rome; the class of freedmen created by the abolition of slavery.

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

  • n. a person who has been freed from slavery


From freed +‎ man. (Wiktionary)



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  • Cf. freedwoman.

    March 23, 2011

  • "He broke his promise of holding the treasonous South accountable and, despite appearing progressive in the early days, ending up doing more to destroy Reconstruction than the shiftless freedmen who cluttered up Congress with the cries of raped white maidens and clatter of stripped chicken bones."
    - Matt Cale, Assholes of the American Presidency,, 14 July 2009.

    November 6, 2009