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[bond-muh n] /ˈbɒnd mən/
noun, plural bondmen.
a male slave.
a man bound to service without wages.
Old English Law. a villein or other unfree tenant.
Also, bondsman.
Origin of bondman
First recorded in 1200-50, bondman is from the Middle English word bonde man. See bond2, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A bondman's change from the tyranny of another to the despotism of himself.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • I came a freeman into prison; I will not go forth a bondman.

  • You had proof of my faith in you when I became your bondman.

    The Weathercock George Manville Fenn
  • The blows were the stripes which the master inflicts upon his bondman.

    Watch and Wait Oliver Optic
  • Henceforth he was the bondman of grace, the celebrant of grace.

  • Have you signified to that master or owner your intention to be his bondman no longer?'

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • I had forgotten the state of the bondman, the condition of the expatriated African.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • The giant kissed the sword, and passing under it became the bondman of the lad.

    The Golden Maiden A. G. Seklemian
  • When I heard of it, I told the Governor it was a small boast in him to say he had conquered a bondman.

    George Fox George Fox
  • If he has a name, As soon as spoken, 'tis writ on my heart I am his bondman.

Word Origin and History for bondman

mid-13c., "husband, husbandman," from Middle English bond (see bondage) + man (n.). Later, "man in bondage, slave" (mid-14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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