- IPA[frē stāt]
- (before the Civil War) a state of the US in which slavery was illegal.；a name for Maryland
noun: free state, plural noun: free states
- 1. historical (before the Civil War) a state of the US in which slavery was illegal.
- ▪ informal a name for Maryland
- 2. a province in central South Africa, situated to the north of the Orange River; capital, Bloemfontein.