frei

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See also: Frei, fréi, freí, and -frei

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frei (comparative freier, superlative am freisten or am freiesten)

  1. free
    Antonyms: unfrei
    • Friedrich Karl Kasimir, Freiherr von Creuz, Neujahrsgedanken (from: Die geistliche Dichtung von Luther bis Klopstock. Ausgewählt von Paul Pressel. Einzelausgabe der evangelischen Volksbibliothek. Herausgegeben von Dr. Klaider, Stuttgart, 1864, page 933):
      Wer schläft und ist von Sorgen freier?
      Der Tod belauscht die stille Nacht
      So wie des Nilstroms Ungeheuer
      Des Ufers Schilf unsicher macht.
  2. released, unimprisoned, unenslaved
    Stadtluft macht frei.
    City air makes one free.
  3. unblocked
  4. liberal
    Synonyms: liberal, freiheitlich
  5. free of charge, gratis (see usage notes)
    Synonyms: kostenlos
  6. unlimited, unconstrained
    Synonyms: ungezwungen, ungebunden
  7. licentious, unrestrained

Declension[edit]

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. Instead, kostenlos should be used.

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • frei in Duden online

Luxembourgish[edit]

Verb[edit]

frei

  1. second-person singular imperative of freien

Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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