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Freelance definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary

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Dec 8, 2019


Word forms: plural, 3rd person singular present
tense freelances

, present participle freelancing

, past tense, past participle freelanced

1. adjective [usually ADJECTIVE noun]

Michael Cross is a freelance journalist.

Jill was starting to get some freelance writing jobs from trade magazines.

She had a baby and decided to go freelance.

He is now working freelance from his home in Hampshire.

3. verb

If you freelance, you do freelance work.

She has freelanced as a writer and researcher. [VERB + as] [Also VERB]

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freelance in British English

noun1. a.  Also called: freelancer


(as modifier)

a freelance journalist


to work as a freelance on (an assignment, etc)

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C19 (in sense 3): later applied to politicians, writers, etc

freelance in American English


) or ˈfree-ˌlance (ˈfriˌlæns




also ˈfreeˌlancer, ˈfree-ˌlancer

verb intransitiveWord forms: ˈfreeˌlanced or ˈfreeˌlancing3. 

to work as a freelance

verb transitive4. 

to produce or work on as a freelance

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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After graduation she began to work as a freelance designer. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Now she’s a 38-year-old freelance journalist. Times, Sunday Times (2016)By then I’d gone freelance and had to pay for my own. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We have now changed our policy regarding the use of freelance journalists in stories such as these. The Sun (2015)The collection includes her freelance work and really does give us a better sense of her range. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The founder brought in freelance workers to answer the phones. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He had been due to go freelance this year. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Many freelance staff can now command higher wages than employed staff. The Sun (2010)Channel chiefs blamed it on freelance workers. The Sun (2007)We lit the fuse on my new career as a freelance jockey but it took an age to ignite. Frankie Dettori with Jonathan Powell FRANKIE: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori (2004)

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She is also a freelance artist. The Times Literary Supplement (2014) Going freelance was the death knell. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Five million people now technically freelance. Times, Sunday Times (2015)If you are a freelance writer, you should take particular note. Times, Sunday Times (2012)For now, he still has to supplement his ebook income with freelance writing and editing jobs. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Since 2010 he has worked as a freelance artist. Times, Sunday Times (2011)His international freelance career is enough to keep two choreographers in full-time employment. Times, Sunday Times (2014)A handful of freelance photographers work inside the country, but none of the big names. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She’s in her early thirties, a writer and freelance journalist like me. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Income About 2,000 a month before tax from freelance work. Times, Sunday Times (2011)So, midlife, he has decided to launch himself as a buccaneering freelance journalist. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Finally in 1980 I became a freelance medical writer. Kowalski, Robert E The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure (1990)I ask her what will happen if I get a freelance assignment. Times, Sunday Times (2013)

In other languages


British English







Someone who does freelance work or who is, for example, a freelance journalist or photographer is not employed by one organization, but is paid for each piece of work they do by the organization they do it for.

He is a freelance journalist.

  • American English: freelance
  • Arabic: مُسْتَقِلّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: freelance
  • Chinese: 自由职业的
  • Croatian: nezavisan
  • Czech: na volné noze
  • Danish: freelance-
  • Dutch: freelance
  • European Spanish: por cuenta propia
  • Finnish: freelance-
  • French: indépendant
  • German: freiberuflich
  • Greek: ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας
  • Italian: indipendente
  • Japanese: 自由契約の
  • Korean: 자유계약의
  • Norwegian: frilans-
  • Polish: wolny strzelec
  • European Portuguese: freelance
  • Romanian: activitate independentă
  • Russian: внештатный
  • Latin American Spanish: por cuenta propia
  • Swedish: frilansare
  • Thai: ที่ทำงานอิสระ
  • Turkish: bağımsız
  • Ukrainian: позаштатний
  • Vietnamese: làm tự do

British English







If someone works freelance, they are not employed by one organization, but are paid for each piece of work they do by the organization they do it for.

He is now working freelance from his home.

  • American English: freelance
  • Arabic: مُسْتَقِلّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: de forma freelance
  • Chinese: 自由职业地
  • Croatian: nezavisno
  • Czech: na volné noze
  • Danish: på freelancebasis
  • Dutch: freelance
  • European Spanish: por cuenta propia
  • Finnish: freelance-
  • French: indépendamment
  • German: freiberuflich
  • Greek: εξωτερική συνεργασία
  • Italian: freelance
  • Japanese: 自由契約で
  • Korean: 자유계약으로
  • Norwegian: frilans
  • Polish: niezależnie
  • European Portuguese: em regime freelance
  • Romanian: independent
  • Russian: внештатно
  • Latin American Spanish: por cuenta propia
  • Swedish: frilans-
  • Thai: ซึ่งทำงานอิสระไม่ได้รับเงินเดือนประจำ
  • Turkish: bağımsız olarak
  • Ukrainian: позаштатно
  • Vietnamese: làm tự do

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