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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German [Term?], Old High German frī, from Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preyH- (to be fond of). Compare Dutch vrij, English free, Danish fri.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fraɪ̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯

AdjectiveEdit

frei (comparative freier, superlative am freisten or am freiesten)

  1. free; unenslaved; unimprisoned
    Antonym: unfrei
  2. free; unrestricted; more negative also: unrestrained; licentious
    Synonyms: ungezwungen, ungebunden
  3. unblocked; free for passage
  4. independent; unaffiliated
  5. (with von) free of (not containing or unaffected by)
    • Friedrich Karl Kasimir, Freiherr von Creuz, Neujahrsgedanken (from: Die geistliche Dichtung von Luther bis Klopstock. Ausgewählt von Paul Pressel. Einzelausgabe der evangelischen Volksbibliothek. Herausgegeben von Dr. Klaider, Stuttgart, 1864, page 933):
      Wer schläft und ist von Sorgen freier?
      Der Tod belauscht die stille Nacht
      So wie des Nilstroms Ungeheuer
      Des Ufers Schilf unsicher macht.
  6. (not freely applicable) liberal
    Synonyms: liberal, freiheitlich
  7. (not freely applicable; see usage notes) free of charge, gratis
    Synonyms: kostenlos, gratis

Usage notesEdit

  • Frei can mean “free of charge” only in the context of public services, e.g. freie Krankenversorgung ("free medical care"), and in some fixed expressions such as Freibier (free beer) or freie Kost und Logis (free board and lodge). Otherwise, kostenlos should be used.

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Further readingEdit

  • frei in Duden online

LuxembourgishEdit

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German frī, from Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preyH- (to be fond of). Compare German frei, Dutch vrij, English free.

AdjectiveEdit

frei

  1. free
  2. exempt
  3. clear

PortugueseEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

frei m (plural freis)

  1. Alternative form of freire
    Frei Luís de Sousa
    Brother Luís de Sousa.

ScotsEdit