a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
Derivationally related forms: ↑freelance (for: ↑free lance), ↑freelance, ↑freelance (for: ↑freelance), ↑freelance (for: ↑freelancer)
Hypernyms: ↑worker
1. working for yourself
Syn: ↑freelance, ↑self-employed
Ant: ↑salaried (for: ↑freelance)
Derivationally related forms: ↑freelance (for: ↑freelance)
2. serving for wages in a foreign army

mercenary killers

Syn: ↑mercenary, ↑freelance
Similar to: ↑paid
Derivationally related forms: ↑mercenary (for: ↑mercenary)

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I. \\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ adjective
Etymology: free lance
: of, relating to, or befitting a free lance

free-lance factual articles — Americana Annual

sold … free-lance material to newsreel companies — Current Biography

free-lance illustrating — Print

especially : independent or being under no long-term especially contractual commitment to any person, company, group, or ideology

a free-lance writer

a free-lance designer of window displays — Current Biography

the alliance in this country between free-lance intellect and formal political power — Times Literary Supplement

left shortly for a period of free-lance missionary work in Chicago — Carey McWilliams

a free-lance wearing-apparel salesman — New York Times

the free-lance or lone-wolf gambler is a survival of the old frontier days — D.W.Maurer

II. verb
Etymology: free lance
: to act as a free lance

spent ten years on the Times, until 1924, when he left to free-lance; has written novels; has contributed to magazines — Bernard Kalb

: to offer or contract for the purchase of in the manner of a free lance

tried free-lancing his sketches in New York and London

the others still free-lance their instrumental talents or sing at churches and with choral groups — Martin Mayer

especially : to write and submit for publication in the manner of a free-lance writer

he free-lanced pieces for British publications

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1. a writer, artist, or other independent craftsman, who sells his work to anyone who will buy it.
2. a mercenary, especially a knight in the Middle Ages who fought for any person or state that would pay him; free companion; condottiere.
3. Figurative. a person who fights or works for any cause that he chooses, as in politics.
free-lance «FREE LANS, -LAHNS», verb, -lanced, -lanc|ing, adjective.
to work as an independent writer, artist, or other independent craftsman, who sells his work to anyone who will buy it; be a free lance: »

He is one of the very few outstanding modern-jazz figures who prefer to free-lance on records rather than sign an exclusive contract with one of the record companies (New Yorker).

of or having to do with such a writer, artist, or other independent craftsman; done by a free lance: »

free-lance journalism.

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  • free-lance — v. i. to work on a free lance basis; to work as a freelancer. Syn: freelance. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • free-lance — (del inglés; pronunciamos frilans ) adjetivo 1. Que trabaja independientemente, colaborando con empresas: Trabaja desde hace años como fotógrafo free lance. No soy de la plantilla del periódico, hago reportajes free lance …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • free-lance — (ingl.; pronunc. [frí láns]) adj. y n. Se aplica a la persona que trabaja por su cuenta para una o varias empresas: ‘Un periodista free lance’. * * * (voz inglesa) ► sustantivo de género común Persona que trabaja por su cuenta y riesgo y vende… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • free lance — free lance. (Voz ingl.). adj. Dicho de una persona: Que realiza por su cuenta trabajos periodísticos escritos o gráficos y los ofrece en venta a los medios de comunicación. U. t. c. s. || 2. Se aplica a quien trabaja independientemente por este… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • free lance — / fri:lɑ:ns/, it. /fri lɛns/ locuz. ingl. (propr. lancia libera e quindi soldato di ventura ), usata in ital. come agg. e s.m. e f., invar. ■ agg. (prof.) [detto di professionista, in partic. di giornalista, fotografo e sim., non legato da… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • free lance — Expresión inglesa que, referida a un profesional, especialmente un periodista, un fotógrafo o un traductor, significa ‘que trabaja por cuenta propia y vende sus trabajos a una empresa o a un medio de comunicación’. Se recomienda emplear, en su… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • free-lance — |frilãs| adj. 2 g. s. 2 g. O mesmo que freelance.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • free-lance — /ingl. ˈfriˌlæns/ [loc. ingl., propr. «soldato di ventura» (alla lettera «lancia libera»)] agg. inv.; anche s. m. e f. inv. (di consulente, di traduttore, ecc.) libero professionista □ indipendente, autonomo CONTR. dipendente, legato …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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