Definitions

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

  • n. A woman who has been freed from slavery.

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  • n. A woman who has been released from a condition of slavery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a woman who has been freed from slavery. Correlative of freedman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who has been a slave and is made free.

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

  • n. a person who has been freed from slavery

Etymologies

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From freed +‎ woman.

Examples

  • If, however, there are several descendants of a patron or patroness, or of two or several, the nearest in degree is to take the succession of the freedman or freedwoman, which is to be divided, not among the stocks, but by counting the heads of those nearest in degree.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • Near a window shaded by towering trees is a small framed silhouette, also by Walker, called "Bureau of Refugees: Committed an outrage on a freedwoman."

    Art House: For collector and designer Christopher Boutlier, the key is to connect with your surroundings

  • Although Vespasian was not a member of a high-ranking Roman family, the leges Juliae passed by Augustus had decreed that marriage between an equestrian and a freedwoman was forbidden.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • His freedwoman mistress Acte was the deed holder of a sizable amount of real estate in Egypt, Sardinia, and Italy, which she could have acquired only through the largesse of the emperor.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Another key member of her household was the freedwoman Caenis, who acted as her secretary, a woman who was to make far more of an impact on Roman imperial history than her modest origins might predict.31

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Summoning her secretary and trusted freedwoman Caenis, she dictated a letter warning her cousin of the plot and entrusted it to another servant, Pallas, to be delivered to Tiberius on Capri under cover of darkness.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • It seems likely that she was a freedwoman, and the laws forbade marriage between a free-born Roman citizen and a slave, or an ex-slave.

    Augustine of Hippo: Common of Theologians and Teachers

  • Horace is the only one who celebrated a freedwoman in some of his odes.

    Satyricon

  • This is due, however, to his taste for variety and perhaps also, to his birth, for he himself was the son of a freedwoman.

    Satyricon

  • The discharge of Pallas and the murder of Britannicus were political acts, but Nero soon chafed and deserted his wife Octavia, first for the freedwoman Acte and then for Poppaea Sabina, the wife of his friend Otho.

    37-41

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