- the condition or service of a peon.
- the practice of holding persons in servitude or partial slavery, as to work off a debt or to serve a penal sentence.
Origin of peonage
Examples from the Web for peonage
Is it a wonder that he has resolved to go where peonage and blood-hounds are unknown?
The master was tried for peonage in Texas, but was not convicted.The Southern South
Albert Bushnell Hart
However, the peonage system is not hideous everywhere and in all its aspects.The Andes of Southern Peru
The truth is that peonage is repugnant to the average American.The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2)
Dean Conant Worcester
But they were just a bunch of pariahs shipped here to live in peonage.Badge of Infamy
Lester del Rey
- the state of being a peon
- a system in which a debtor must work for his creditor until the debt is paid off
Word Origin and History for peonage
A system of forced labor based on debts incurred by workers. Peonage developed particularly in plantation economies, where employers forced laborers to buy from employer-owned stores, pay inflated prices, and stay in debt.