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From Old Portuguese frẽo, from Latin frēnum.


freo m (plural freos)

  1. brake

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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.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preyH- (like, love). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian frī (West Frisian frij), Old Saxon frī, Old Dutch frī (Dutch vrij), Old High German frī (German frei), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍃 (freis). The Indo-European root is also the source of Albanian 'Prenda' goddess of love, Perëndi (God), Proto-Slavic *prijateljь, Old Irish ríar (Welsh rhydd (free)), and perhaps Ancient Greek πρᾶος (prâos, mild, gentle).




  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.
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case singular plural case singular plural
m n f m n f m n f
nominative frēwa frēwe frēwe frēwan nom. frēo frēo frēu frēwe frēu, -frēwe frēwa, -e
accusative frēwan frēwe frēwan acc. frēone frēo frēwe frēwe frēu, -frēwe frēwa, -frēwe
genitive frēwan frēora, frēwena gen. frēwes frēwes frēore frēora
dative frēwan frēwum dat. frēwum frēwum frēore frēwum
instrumental frēwe
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *frawjǭ, a feminine form of *frawjô (lord) (Old English frēa), from Proto-Indo-European *proHwo-, a derivation from *per- (to go forward). Cognate with Old Saxon frūa, Old High German frouwa (German Frau), Old Norse freyja. The Indo-European root is also the source of Proto-Slavic *prāvъ (Old Church Slavonic правъ (pravŭ), Russian пра́вый (právyj, right)), and the first element of Latin provincia.


frēo f

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