Definition of free-trader in US English:

free-trader

noun

  • 1A person who conducts trade independently of the restrictions or benefits of protective regulations.

  • 2Specifically. A trader who works independently of a company (as the East India Company, the Hudson Bay Company, etc.). Now historical.

  • 3A ship trading under licence to India independently of the old East India Company's Charter. Now historical.

  • 4A smuggler.

  • 5An advocate of free trade.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Discourse Enlargement Trade. From free + trader, after free trade.

Pronunciation

free-trader

/ˌfriːˈtreɪdə/