Other forms: freelancing; freelanced; freelances

To freelance is to work independently, instead of for a long-term employer. If you do freelance work, you’re free to say yes or no to any project. Anyone can work freelance (as a freelancer), but it’s often a writer or artist.

To freelance is the opposite of working for one employer full-time and long-term. A freelancer — who could be a writer, a designer, or one of many other jobs — probably has many employers. The word comes from the Middle Ages, for "medieval mercenary warrior," which makes sense, since a mercenary is someone who fights for hire. It’s a free (not bound by a country) lance (sword). The pen is mightier than the sword, so these days freelance often refers to writers.

Definitions of freelance
  1. noun
    a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
    synonyms: free lance, free-lance, freelancer, independent, self-employed person
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    type of:
    a person who works at a specific occupation
  2. adjective
    working for yourself
    synonyms: free-lance, self-employed
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    receiving a salary
  3. adjective
    serving for wages in a foreign army
    synonyms: free-lance, mercenary
    marked by the reception of pay
  4. verb
    work independently and on temporary contracts rather than for a long-term employer
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    type of:
    do work, work
    be employed




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