freelance

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From free +‎ lance. Coined by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) in Ivanhoe (1820) to describe a medieval mercenary warrior or "free-lance" (indicating that the lance is not sworn to any lord's services). It changed to a figurative noun around the 1860s and was recognized as a verb in 1903 by authorities such as the Oxford English Dictionary. In modern times the term has morphed into an adjective, a verb, and an adverb; as well as the derivative noun freelancer.

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freelance ‎(plural freelances)

  1. Someone who sells his services to employers without a long-term contract.
  2. A medieval mercenary.

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freelance ‎(comparative more freelance, superlative most freelance)

  1. Of, or relating to a freelance; without contract.
    He was a freelance writer for several magazines.

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Verb[edit]

freelance ‎(third-person singular simple present freelances, present participle freelancing, simple past and past participle freelanced)

  1. (intransitive) To work as a freelance.
  2. (transitive) To produce or sell services as a freelance.

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