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From Old Galician and Old Portuguese frẽo (13th century, Cantigas de Santa Maria), from Latin frēnum. Cognate with Portuguese freio and Spanish freno.



freo m (plural freos)

  1. brake
    Synonyms: entrabe, trabán
  2. bridle
    • 1455, X. Ferro Couselo (ed.), A vida e a fala dos devanceiros, Vigo: Galaxia, page 316:
      Iten, que furtara a faqa a Pero Gayo da sua casa, que está á par da vila de Ribadauia, da casa que está á par da ponte, et que lla furtara con a sella e con o freo et que fora despois por ela preso ena Cruña
      Item, that he stole the mare of Pedro Gaio, from his house that is close to the town of Ribadavia, by the bridge; and that he stole her with saddle and bridle, and that later he was captured because of her in A Coruña
    Synonym: brida
  3. bit of the bridle

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  • freo” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • freo” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • freo” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • freo” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • freo” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.


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freo (emphatic freosan)

  1. third-person plural of fré


  • Tomás de Bhaldraithe, 1977, Gaeilge Chois Fhairrge: An Deilbhíocht, 2nd edition, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, section 306.

Old English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *frī.

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  1. free, at liberty; exempt
  2. (poetic) noble, glad
    • c. 700 Cædmon, Metrical Paraphrase
      Ða wearþ worn afeded freora bearna
      then a number of noble children were brought forth.
  • The stem frēo- contracted with any endings beginning with a vowel, leaving many forms being simply frēo: King Alfred, Pastoral Care (transl. of Gregory the Great): Ac forðæm ðe hi her syngiað, & hit him no ne hreowð, hi gehrinð her sumu wracu ær ðæm ecum witum ðæt hi ne sien freo ne orsorge on ðæm anbide ðæs maran wites.—note that orsorge (orsorh) has the ending -e, as compared to frēo.
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  • Middle English: fre, vri, vry


frēo m

  1. a free man, man

Etymology 2[edit]

Uncertain; possible etymologies include:


frēo f (Northumbria)

  1. a woman
    • c. 700, Cædmon, Metrical Paraphrase
      oþ-ðæt he funde frēo fægroste
      until he found the fairest woman
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