Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Born as a free person, not as a slave or serf.
  • adj. Relating to or befitting a person born free.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Born free rather than in bondage or as a slave

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Born free; not born in vassalage; inheriting freedom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Born free; born to the conditions and privileges of citizenship; not in hereditary vassalage; inheriting liberty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. born free of free parents

Etymologies

From free + born. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [FN#193] Or "freeborn," the Arabic word used here having this double meaning.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume IV

  • [FN#194] Or "freeborn," the Arabic word used here having this double meaning.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume IV

  • If there were naught else, it were enough that you have called a freeborn thane's daughter a thrall to your evil mistress.

    A King's Comrade A Story of Old Hereford

  • The requirement of being "freeborn" harkens back to the earliest days of Freemasonry.

    Kenyan Analyst

  • I need more caffeine, to offset my loss of an hour of sleep to my region's move to "daylight saving time," which as Bill Kauffman points out is "that puzzling ritual of mass clock-winding ill befitting freeborn Americans."

    Libraries

  • He plans to introduce measures that will see freeborn Englishmen having every last detail of their every movement in and out of the country handed over to the State.

    Mr. Byrne's 'Progressive Britshness'

  • As freeborn colonial Englishmen, this amounted to tyranny and was not an acceptable obligation for them to have to endure.

    It’s Patriots’ Day

  • A long, simple, sleeved tunic bordered with a purple stripe was the standard uniform for both freeborn boys and girls in Rome, and a protective neck chain called a bulla in the case of boys and a moon-shaped lunula for girls the moon being the symbol of Diana, the Roman goddess of chastity their only adornment.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • I am going to watch the world famous Pope burning ceremony tonight by which the citizens of Lewes celebrate their heritage as freeborn Englishmen.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Many questions remain unanswered, like how they came to be freeborn to the same mother in Virginia at the turn of the century.

    The House at Sugar Beach

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