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  1. a female slave.
  2. a woman bound to service without wages.
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Origin of bondmaid

First recorded in 1520–30; bond2 + maid
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Examples from the Web for bondmaid

Historical Examples of bondmaid

  • Where for the remnant of her days a bondmaid's life led she.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus

    Caius Valerius Catullus

  • Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

  • Said Duffy to the King, ‘Wilt thou buy a bondmaid, namely, my daughter?’

  • He further said that the king had the eyes of a slave, and that the queen had in three ways shown the behaviour of a bondmaid.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

    Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")

  • He pronounced the decree, and laid upon the bondmaid, and not upon his noble boy, the provision for the journey.

British Dictionary definitions for bondmaid


  1. an unmarried female serf or slave
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