also bondsman noun Date: 13th century slave, serf

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Bondman — Bond man, n.; pl. {Bondmen}. [Bond,a.orn.+ man.] 1. A man slave, or one bound to service without wages. To enfranchise bondmen. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. (Old Eng. Law) A villain, or tenant in villenage. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bondman — index captive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bondman — (n.) mid 13c., husband, husbandman, from M.E. bond (see BONDAGE (Cf. bondage)) + MAN (Cf. man) (n.). Later, man in bondage, slave (mid 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bondman — [bänd′mən] n. pl. bondmen [bänd′mən] 1. a feudal serf 2. a man or boy bondservant …   English World dictionary

  • bondman — /bond meuhn/, n., pl. bondmen. 1. a male slave. 2. a man bound to service without wages. 3. Old Eng. Law. a villein or other unfree tenant. Also, bondsman. [1200 50; ME bonde man. See BOND2, MAN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • bondman — noun A man who is bound in servitude; a slave or serf …   Wiktionary

  • bondman — RG. 370. HD. 32 …   Oldest English Words

  • bondman — bond·man || bÉ’ndmÉ™n n. person who is responsible for another; slave; serf …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Bondman — ♦ Serf; villein. (Gies, Frances and Joseph. Life in a Medieval Village, 243) …   Medieval glossary

  • bondman — bond·man …   English syllables

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