bondman

[bond-muh n]
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noun, plural bond·men.
  1. a male slave.
  2. a man bound to service without wages.
  3. 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
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Word Origin and History for bondman
n.

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

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