verb (used with object), in·den·tured, in·den·tur·ing.
- indentured servant,
- independence day,
- independence hall
Origin of indenture
Examples from the Web for indentured
During construction, many men, indentured servants in the beginning, were blown apart during the blasting and digging.
After all, the indentured have to go into debt in order to find work, and their wages are then used to pay off the debts.
Using his wife and children as indentured servants, Allie clears the brush, plants a vegetable garden, and builds a house.American Dreams: ‘The Mosquito Coast’ by Paul Theroux|Nathaniel Rich|September 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A mother, Glawogger said, has perhaps five girls working for her who may be biological daughters or indentured sex workers.‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger|Tracy Quan|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
More than a million people in Pakistan are trapped in indentured servitude in agriculture, mining, and carpet-making.
Also any person employing an indentured servant, without permission of the master, was subject to a very heavy fine.A Source Book Of Australian History|Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
Heretofore this land had, as stated, been occupied mostly by indentured slaves.A History of the Town of Fairfax|Jeanne Johnson Rust
Another source of recruits for the freebooters were the indentured servants or engagés.The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century|Clarence Henry Haring
A youth may, also, gain his knowledge of the industry by becoming an indentured apprentice.Learning to Fly|Claude Grahame-White
Little social stigma seems to have attached to the indentured servants as such.Legends of Loudoun|Harrison Williams
"bound by indenture," 1757, past participle adjective from indenture (v.).
"contract for services," late 14c., from Anglo-French endenture, Old French endenteure "indentation," from endenter (see indent). Such contracts (especially between master craftsmen and apprentices) were written in full identical versions on a sheet of parchment, which was then cut apart in a zigzag, or "notched" line. Each party took one, and the genuineness of a document of indenture could be proved by juxtaposition with its counterpart. As a verb, 1650s, from the noun.