1. a mercenary soldier or military adventurer of the Middle Ages, often of knightly rank, who offered his services to any state, party, or cause.
2. freelance (defs. 1, 2).
Pronunciation: (frē'lans", -läns", -lans', -läns'), [key]
—n., v., -lanced, -lanc•ing,
—n. Also,free lance.
1. Also,freelancer.a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer.
2. a person who contends in a cause or in a succession of various causes, as he or she chooses, without personal attachment or allegiance.
to act or work as a freelance: The illustrator used to be employed by us but is freelancing now.
to produce, sell, or accomplish as a freelance: to freelance a magazine article.
of or pertaining to a freelance or the work of a freelance: a freelance writer; freelance copyediting.
in the manner of a freelance: She works freelance. Also,free'-lance".
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