[bond-muh n]

noun, plural bond·men.

a male slave.
a man bound to service without wages.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for bondman

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper