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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mercenary soldier during the middle ages, especially one of some rank, mounted and thoroughly armed and having followers or attendants. (Compare lance.) They were most conspicuous in Italy, where they were called condottieri. Also called free companion.
  • noun Hence A person who acts upon his own will and pleasure, with little regard for the conventionalities of life; especially, one who uses great freedom in speech or writing, as in indiscriminate attack upon or objurgation of all who disagree with him.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb to work on a free-lance basis; to work as a freelancer.

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

  • adjective serving for wages in a foreign army
  • adjective working for yourself
  • noun a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them

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