Definition of Free State in English:

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Free State


1 historical A state of the US in which slavery did not exist.
Example sentences
  • They found that, despite California being formed as a free state in 1850, slavery existed in some form.
  • Of those, ninety-six existed in slave states, whereas free states contained only fifteen.
  • They gathered to press for the admission of Kansas to the Union as a free state and end the extension of slavery.
1.1 (the Free State) informal name for Maryland.
2A province in central South Africa, situated to the north of the Orange River; capital, Bloemfontein. Formerly called (until 1995) Orange Free State.
Example sentences
  • The SA Weather Service said on Monday a light dusting of snow had fallen on Ficksburg in the Free State.
  • Superintendent Louis Jacobs, police spokesperson, said the suspects crossed over the Vaal River into the Free State early on Sunday morning.
  • They lived in the Karoo and southern Orange Free State.
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