freelance etymology

French word freelance comes from English free, English lance

Detailed word origin of freelance

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
free English (eng) (UK, legal, obsolete) Certain or honourable; the opposite of base.. (abstract) Unconstrained.. (botany, mycology) Not attached; loose.. (by extension, chiefly, advertising slang) complimentary. (dated) Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; followed by of.. (dated) Ready; eager; acting without spurring or [...]
lance English (eng) To open with a lancet; to pierce. To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.. To throw in the manner of a lance; to lanch. (fishing) A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.. (founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.. (medicine) A lancet.. (military) A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.. (military) An instrument which conveys the [...]
freelance English (eng) (intransitive) To work as a freelance.. (transitive) To produce or sell services as a freelance. Of, or relating to a freelance; without contract. A medieval mercenary.. Someone who sells his services to employers without a long-term contract.
freelance French (fra)

Words with the same origin as freelance

Descendants of free