see also: Liberty
  • (America) IPA: /ˈlɪbɚti/


  1. The condition of being free from control or restrictions.
    The army is here, your liberty is assured.
  2. The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour.
    The prisoners gained their liberty from an underground tunnel.
  3. The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses.
    Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
    • 1869, Robert Burns, “The Tree of Liberty”, in Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, volume III (Posthumous Poems), Kilmarnock, Scotland: Printed by James M‘Kie, OCLC 892088677 ↗, page 360 ↗:
      I'd gie my ſhoon frae aff my feet, / To taſte ſic fruit, I ſwear, man. / Syne let us pray, auld England may / Sure plant this far-famed tree, man; / And blythe we'll ſing, and hail the day / That gave us liberty, man.
  4. Freedom from excessive government control.
  5. A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore.
    We're going on a three-day liberty as soon as we dock.
  6. (often plural) A breach of social convention.
    You needn't take such liberties.
  7. A local division of government administration in medieval England.
  8. (game of go) an empty space next to a group of stones of the same color.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A female given name.
    • 1985 Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist, ISBN 0-7011-2986-7, page 171:
      Then last came Liberty. What a name, Mason always thought. It was an invention of her mother's―a flighty woman who had run away from Porter with a hippie stereo salesman eight and a half years ago and discovered immediately afterward that she was two months pregnant.
  3. A male given name.
  4. A town/county seat in Union County, Indiana.
  5. A city/county seat in Casey County, Kentucky.
  6. A town/county seat in Amite County, Mississippi.
  7. A city/county seat in Clay County, Missouri.
  8. A city/county seat in Liberty County, Texas

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