Definition of freedman in English:

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freedman

Pronunciation: /ˈfrēdmən/
Pronunciation: /ˈfrēdman/

noun (plural freedmen)

historical
An emancipated slave.
Example sentences
  • Spreading through the plantation system, Protestant Christianity was adopted and adapted by African-American slaves and freedmen and most of their descendants.
  • Similarly, some of the richest residents of Rome were imperial freedmen, former slaves of the emperor, who despite their wealth had a lower social status than less wealthy men from old Senatorial families.
  • Roman society was acutely aware of its own paradoxes: the freedmen and slaves who served the emperors became figures of exceptional power and influence to whom even the grandees had to pay court.

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Syllabification: freed·man

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