- a deed or agreement executed in two or more copies with edges correspondingly indented as a means of identification.
- any deed, written contract, or sealed agreement.
- a contract by which a person, as an apprentice, is bound to service.
- any official or formal list, certificate, etc., authenticated for use as a voucher or the like.
- the formal agreement between a group of bondholders and the debtor as to the terms of the debt.
- to bind by indenture, as an apprentice.
- Archaic. to make a depression in; wrinkle; furrow.
Origin of indenture
Examples from the Web for indentured
During construction, many men, indentured servants in the beginning, were blown apart during the blasting and digging.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
The white Hempstead, for instance, worked his way out of indentured servitude, the next step up from slavery.Was Slavery as Harmful in the North as It Was in the South?
May 7, 2013
After all, the indentured have to go into debt in order to find work, and their wages are then used to pay off the debts.NYU Professor: Are Student Loans Immoral?
September 27, 2012
Using his wife and children as indentured servants, Allie clears the brush, plants a vegetable garden, and builds a house.American Dreams: ‘The Mosquito Coast’ by Paul Theroux
September 20, 2012
A mother, Glawogger said, has perhaps five girls working for her who may be biological daughters or indentured sex workers.‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger
April 28, 2012
He was indentured to him, as we have seen, so that it was difficult for him to get away.The Printer Boy.
William M. Thayer
The young fellows are indentured by the head office and sent to school, so to speak.The Huntress
But he had at this place an overseer and some indentured laborers.Pioneers of the Old South
He felt all the more sorry for the girl because misfortune had, in a sense, indentured her to them.Ethan Frome
He received a thorough training in the trade to which he was indentured.Boy Labour and Apprenticeship
Reginald Arthur Bray
- any deed, contract, or sealed agreement between two or more parties
- (formerly) a deed drawn up in duplicate, each part having correspondingly indented edges for identification and security
- (often plural) a contract between an apprentice and his master
- a formal or official list or certificate authenticated for use as a voucher, etc
- a less common word for indentation
- (intr) to enter into an agreement by indenture
- (tr) to bind (an apprentice, servant, etc) by indenture
- (tr) obsolete to indent or wrinkle
Word Origin and History for indentured
"bound by indenture," 1757, past participle adjective from indenture (v.).
"contract for services," late 14c., from Anglo-French endenture, Old French endenteure "indentation," from endenter (see indent). Such contracts (especially between master craftsmen and apprentices) were written in full identical versions on a sheet of parchment, which was then cut apart in a zigzag, or "notched" line. Each party took one, and the genuineness of a document of indenture could be proved by juxtaposition with its counterpart. As a verb, 1650s, from the noun.