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Old English

From Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preyH- (like, love). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian frī (West Frisian frij), Old Saxon frī, Old Dutch frī (Dutch vrij), Old High German frī (German frei), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍃 (freis). The Indo-European root is also the source of Albanian 'Prenda' goddess of love, Perëndi (God), Proto-Slavic *prijateljь, Old Irish ríar (Welsh rhydd (free)), and perhaps Ancient Greek πρᾶος (prâos, mild, gentle).