Definition of freelance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfriːlɑːns/


Self-employed and hired to work for different companies on particular assignments: a freelance journalist
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  • A less well publicised role of some public relations companies is to hire freelance journalists to cover events such as major conferences with news stories to be placed in medical publications.
  • And I picked up two freelance writing assignments along the way.
  • It was a freelance assignment I just couldn't refuse.


Earning one’s living as a freelance: I work freelance from home
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  • He was promoted to deputy private secretary the following year, earning an annual salary of £180,000 until he went freelance last year.
  • He was promoted to a solo artist before he left the company to work freelance both as a dancer and choreographer.
  • A greater proportion of women in the study were found to be working freelance compared to men.


1A freelance worker.
Example sentences
  • Casual staff, agency workers, freelances and home workers were among those considered only to have ‘worker’ status rather than the more formal ‘employee’ status.
  • Yes, it was a withdrawal of their labour, but since most jockeys are freelances and self - employed, or have a contract to ride for one principal trainer, they can often pick and choose where they want to race.
  • In addition to uniting the cream of the county's photographic excellence, the freelances will also benefit by having a shop window for their high-quality images.
2 historical A medieval mercenary.
Example sentences
  • The initial incursions into Ireland had been by marcher knights and other freelances from south Wales hired by Diarmait MacMurchadha, the King of Leinster.


[no object]
Earn one’s living as a freelance: he freelanced for the BBC and regional companies
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  • The rest of my income is earned by scraping together what I can from freelancing and speaking.
  • I stayed with journalism as a career because I started to earn my way through college by freelancing for newspapers and magazines.
  • I just learned how to do stuff through freelancing; my boss is a friend of my uncle's, so I asked for a job there.


Early 19th century (denoting a mercenary): originally as two words.

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