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[bondz-muh n]
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noun, plural bonds·men. Law.
  1. a person who by bond becomes surety for another.
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Origin of bondsman1

1725–35; bond's man man of the bond, i.e., its signer; see bond1, 's1, man1


[bondz-muh n]
noun, plural bonds·men.
  1. bondman.
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Origin of bondsman2

First recorded in 1250–1300, bondsman is from the Middle English word bondesman. See bond2, 's1, man1
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Examples from the Web for bondsman

Historical Examples

  • I was the bondsman of an old arm-chair, and the actual slave of a chest of drawers!'

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • My soul has led a bondsman's life: why should I remain to pine?

  • Mr. Fairchild, who is Mr. Harkins' partner, is here to appear as bondsman.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • He could not get a bondsman, and I let him go after he had signed his own bond.

  • But where find, or how ask, a friend to become his bondsman?

British Dictionary definitions for bondsman


noun plural -men
  1. law a person bound by bond to act as surety for another
  2. another word for bondservant
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Word Origin and History for bondsman


"one who stands surety by bond," 1754, from bond (n.) + man (n.), with genitive -s- added probably in part to avoid confusion with bondman.

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