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Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /fɹe:o/

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *prijos, *prēy- (like, love). Germanic cognates include Old Saxon frī- (in frīlik) (Dutch vrij), Old High German frī (German frei), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍃 (freis). The IE root is also the source of Proto-Slavic *prijatelь (Old Church Slavonic приятєль (prijatelĭ), Russian приятель (prijátel), friend)), Old Irish ríar (Welsh rhydd (free)), and perhaps Ancient Greek πρᾶος (praos), mild, gentle).

Adjective

frēo

  1. free, at liberty; exempt
    Beo he freo: he shall be free. (Alfred’s Laws)
  2. (poetic) noble, glad
    Ða wearþ worn afeded freora bearna: then a number of noble children were brought forth. (Cædmon’s Metrical Paraphrase)
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Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *fraw-, a feminine form of *frauja- (lord) (Old English frēa), from Proto-Indo-European *prōw- (master, judge). Cognate with Old Saxon frūa, Old High German frouwa (German Frau), Old Norse freyja. The IE root is also the source of Proto-Slavic *prāvъ (Old Church Slavonic правъ (pravŭ), Russian правый (правый), right)), and the first element of Latin provincia.

Noun

frēo f.

  1. a woman
    Oþ-ðæt he funde freo fægroste: until he found the fairest woman. (Cædmon’s Metrical Paraphrase)
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