frei

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See also: Frei, -frei, and freí

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German frī, from Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *prei- (to be fond of), *prey-. Compare Dutch vrij, English free, Danish fri.

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Adjective[edit]

frei (comparative freier, superlative am freisten or freiesten)

  1. free
  2. released, unimprisoned, unenslaved
    Stadtluft macht frei.
    City air makes one free. (German serfs who escaped to and lived in cities for a certain period of time were legally freed.)
  3. unblocked
  4. liberal
  5. free of charge, gratis (see usage notes)
  6. unlimited, unconstrained
  7. licentious, unrestrained

Usage notes[edit]

Frei can mean “free of charge” only in the context of public services, e.g. freie Krankenversorgung ("free medical care"), and in some fixed expressions such as Freibier (free beer) or freie Kost und Logis (free board and lodge). Otherwise, frei is not applicable in this sense.

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External links[edit]

  • frei in Duden online

Portuguese[edit]

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Noun[edit]

frei m (plural freis)

  1. Alternative form of freire.
    Frei Luís de Sousa
    Brother Luís de Sousa.

Scots[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frei (comparative freier, superlative freiist)

  1. (South Scots, archaic) free