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1. A person not in slavery or serfdom.
2. One who possesses the rights or privileges of a citizen.


n, pl -men
1. a person who is not a slave or in bondage
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who enjoys political and civil liberties; citizen
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who enjoys a privilege or franchise, such as the freedom of a city


(Biography) Cathy, full name Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman. born 1973, Australian sprinter; winner of the 200m and 400m in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 400m in the 2000 Olympic Games


(ˈfri mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. a person who is free.
2. a person who is entitled to citizenship, etc.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freeman - a person who is not a serf or a slave
citizen - a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
freedman, freedwoman - a person who has been freed from slavery
homme libre


[ˈfriːmən] N (freemen (pl)) (Hist) → hombre m libre; [of city] → ciudadano m de honor


[ˈfriːmən] ncitoyen m d'honneurfree market
néconomie f de marché
modif [system, ideology] → de marchéfree-market economy néconomie f de marchéfree-marketeer [ˌfriːmɑːrkɪˈtɪər] npartisan m de l'économie de marché


[ˈfriːmən] n (-men (pl)) freeman of a citycittadino/a onorario/a di una città
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The most of King Arthur's British nation were slaves, pure and simple, and bore that name, and wore the iron collar on their necks; and the rest were slaves in fact, but without the name; they imagined them- selves men and freemen, and called themselves so.
After the war he was active in securing and protecting the rights of the freemen.
Were they freemen or his own bondsmen--for he might manage that too?
Hence they derive their appellation of Freemen, to distinguish them from the trappers who are bound for a number of years, and receive wages, or hunt on shares.
At the time when Montreal was the great emporium of the fur trader, one of these freemen of the wilderness would suddenly return, after an absence of many years, among his old friends and comrades.
When a family is complete, it consists of freemen and slaves; but as in every subject we should begin with examining into the smallest parts of which it consists, and as the first and smallest parts of a family are the master and slave, the husband and wife, the father and child, let us first inquire into these three, what each of them may be, and what they ought to be; that is to say, the herile, the nuptial, and the paternal.
They belonged to all the countries in the world, but this was no bar to good-fellowship; for they felt themselves freemen of a country whose frontiers include them all, the great country of Cockaine.
We are all freemen, and I trow that a yeoman's cudgel is as good as a forester's knife.
He considered whites inferior beings, creatures of a lower order, and assuring me that even the few white freemen of Abyssinia were never accorded anything approximating a position of social equality with the blacks.
At home they seem to have sheltered themselves chiefly in unsubstantial wooden villages, easily destroyed and easily abandoned; For the able-bodied freemen among them the chief occupation, as a matter of course, was war.
How good of you, I said; but I should like to know also whether injustice, having this tendency to arouse hatred, wherever existing, among slaves or among freemen, will not make them hate one another and set them at variance and render them incapable of common action?
An ancient law forbidding women from joining the Newcastle's city Freemen could be overturned in a bill which is being read at the House of Commons today.