Learn English Grammar From A–Z
1(not slave)hombre libre masculine
- Although Norwich's custumal prohibited serfs from becoming freemen, it may be doubted that a thorough enquiry was made of the background of each applicant.
- Above the serfs were the Villeins, freemen who were tied to their lord's land, equivalent to the Saxon gebur.
- The problem of loyalty was reflected in the ceremonial developments of the act of commendation in which a freeman became a vassal.
- These freemen were also responsible for helping the lord of the shire when he went hunting, and for various other services.
- Bordars were reported on more than 90 per cent of estates, villans on about 60 per cent and freemen and sokemen on about 10 per cent of estates.
- During a 20-minute ceremony attended by 600 guests, including schoolchildren, local residents and dignitaries, the Prince was invested as a freeman of the city.
- Over the years, field marshals, generals, prime ministers and archbishops have been made honorary freemen of the city, although Winston Churchill did not take up the offer.
- The former manager of Derby County, Nottingham Forest and, briefly, Leeds United became the first living person to be made an honorary freeman of the city of Derby.
- His father, also called William, was a hairdresser and was made a freeman of the city, an honour which passed to his son.
- He shook off controversy surrounding the award to become an honorary freeman of his home borough of Stockport.
- Any member of the Vintners' Company is a freeman of the City of London and is still allowed to sell wine without applying for a licence.
- I'm a proud Scot, a freeman of my native Edinburgh and a UK citizen, but this law treats me as a foreigner.
- But an honour that seems to mean more to him than most was being made a freeman of Salford, his native city.
- Former Geraldton mayor Phil Cooper was made the city's fifth freeman this week in recognition of his 31 years service to the local council.
- Next month he will be made a freeman of his native Kilkenny.
- He is favourite to become the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year and has also been made a freeman of Newcastle-upon-Tyne by the city council.
- Honorary freemen can be elected by councillors to ‘persons of distinction and any persons who have rendered eminent services to the borough’ according to the Local Government Act 1972.
- The freedom is the highest tribute a borough can bestow, and although in modern times it is an honour only and confers no legal rights, honorary freemen are often invited to important ceremonial occasions.
- I think old JK will be pretty upset when he finds out I've been made a freeman of East Lothian before him.
- The married father of two sons is a freeman of Blackpool, was awarded the OBE in the Millennium honours list and made a Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire in 2004.
- His father, Pat, was mayor twice - in 1976 and 1993-and was later made a freeman following his retirement from the council.
- Now Scarborough Council is proposing to make the presenter a freeman, an honour awarded to only a handful of worthies, including playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.
- He was made a freeman of Fife in 1998, adding to the MBE he had received, and was knighted in 1999.
- He is a grandson of Dr Pat O’ Callaghan, a twice-Olympic gold medallist and one of Clonmel's freemen.
- From 1885, it was possible for a borough to create honorary freemen as a mark of local esteem.
3(of city)ciudadano de honor masculine