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The term was first used by Sir Walter Scott 1771–1832 in Ivanhoe to describe a “medieval mercenary warrior” or “free-lance” indicating that the lance is not sworn to any lords services, not that the lance is available free of charge.[1] It changed to a figurative noun around the 1860s and was recognized as a verb in 1903 by authorities in etymology such as the Oxford English Dictionary. Only in modern times has the term morphed from a noun a freelance into an adjective a freelance journalist, a verb a journalist who freelances and an adverb she worked freelance, as well as into the noun “freelancer.”

via Freelancer – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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