Etymology
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freelance (v.)

1902, from freelance (n.). Related: Freelancer (1898); freelanced; freelancing.

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Definitions of freelance
1
freelance (adj.)
serving for wages in a foreign army;
Synonyms: mercenary / free-lance
freelance (adj.)
working for yourself;
Synonyms: free-lance / self-employed
2
freelance (v.)
work independently and on temporary contracts rather than for a long-term employer;
3
freelance (n.)
a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them;
Synonyms: freelancer / free-lance / free lance / independent / self-employed person
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