Definition of Free-lance

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




2. Adjective. Working for yourself.
Exact synonyms: Freelance, Self-employed
Derivative terms: Freelance
Antonyms: Salaried

3. Adjective. Serving for wages in a foreign army. "Mercenary killers"
Exact synonyms: Freelance, Mercenary
Similar to: Paid
Derivative terms: Mercenary

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Free-lance

free-base
free-central
free-diver
free-diving
free-enterprise(a)
free-fall
free-fire
free-floating anxiety
free-flowing
free-for-all
free-form
free-hand knife
free-hearted
free-heel skiing
free-lance (current term)
free-liver
free-livers
free-living
free-living organism
free-market
free-marketeer
free-marketeers
free-milling
free-range
free-reed
free-reed instrument
free-soil
free-speech
free-spoken

Literary usage of Free-lance

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1. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1888)
"Second Free Lance. " How sweet are looks that ladies bend On whom their favours fall ! ... I yearn to breathe the airs of heaven Second Free Lance. ..."

2. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"WILKINSON (WC), A Free Lance in the Field of Life and Letters. — »WOODBERRY "(GE), Makers of Literature. TRIBUTES IN VERSE ALDRICH (Т. В.), Unguarded Gates ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"1901. free Lance, 13 Ap., 28, 2. " It is all very well," writes a traveller, " to legislate with regard to pure beer, but WHAT PRICE pure wine T " PRICK (or ..."

4. Journalistic London: Being a Series of Sketches of Famous Pens and Papers of by Joseph Hatton (1882)
"... —A Free Lance in Journalism—Mr. Grenville-Murray—Truth's account of the Editor of The Queen's Messenger—Diplomacy and Journalism— What might have been. ..."

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