freelance

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Etymology[edit]

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 their services to clients without a long-term employment contract.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      The objector, one Millworthy, a free-lance of journalism, was not to be so easily silenced.
    • 2014, Brian Mossop, Revising and Editing for Translators (page 192)
      The person you are revising (the revisee) is a colleague at your own rank, or another freelance.
  2. (historical) A medieval mercenary.

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Adjective[edit]

freelance (comparative more freelance, superlative most freelance)

  1. Of, or relating to a freelance; without employment 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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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English freelance

Noun[edit]

freelance

  1. (rare) Synonym of freelancer (freelancer)
  2. (as modifier) freelance
    freelancetoimittajafreelance journalist

Declension[edit]

Inflection of freelance (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative freelance freelancet
genitive freelancen freelancejen
partitive freelancea freelanceja
illative freelanceen freelanceihin
singular plural
nominative freelance freelancet
accusative nom. freelance freelancet
gen. freelancen
genitive freelancen freelancejen
freelanceinrare
partitive freelancea freelanceja
inessive freelancessa freelanceissa
elative freelancesta freelanceista
illative freelanceen freelanceihin
adessive freelancella freelanceilla
ablative freelancelta freelanceilta
allative freelancelle freelanceille
essive freelancena freelanceina
translative freelanceksi freelanceiksi
instructive freelancein
abessive freelancetta freelanceitta
comitative freelanceineen
Possessive forms of freelance (type nalle)
possessor singular plural
1st person freelanceni freelancemme
2nd person freelancesi freelancenne
3rd person freelancensa

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fʁi.lɑ̃s/
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Adjective[edit]

freelance (plural freelances)

  1. freelance

Noun[edit]

freelance m or f (plural freelances)

  1. freelance

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

freelance (invariable)

  1. freelance

Noun[edit]

freelance m (plural freelances)

  1. freelancer