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[bond-muh n]
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.
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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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Related Words for bondmen

hostage, prisoner, slave, detainee, convict, con, bondwoman, internee, bondman, serf, liege, dependent, thrall, beneficiary, peasant, subordinate, varlet, tenant, subject, helot

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Historical Examples of bondmen

  • The bondmen are free in the isles of the main!The chains from their limbs they are flinging!

    The Liberty Minstrel

    George W. Clark

  • These bondmen were not, like slaves, the property of their masters.

  • Besides these bondmen, mention is made in the introduction and par.

  • All those of this servile group were unfree; they were bondmen of the church.

  • Those centuries found it full of bondmen—they left it without a slave.

Word Origin and History for bondmen



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper