- a male slave.
- a man bound to service without wages.
- Old English Law. a villein or other unfree tenant.
Origin of bondman
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Examples from the Web for bondmen
The bondmen are free in the isles of the main!The chains from their limbs they are flinging!The Liberty Minstrel
George W. Clark
These bondmen were not, like slaves, the property of their masters.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)
Samuel R. Gardiner.
Besides these bondmen, mention is made in the introduction and par.
All those of this servile group were unfree; they were bondmen of the church.
Those centuries found it full of bondmen—they left it without a slave.Gospel Philosophy
J. H. Ward
Word Origin and History for bondmen
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