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indentured servant

[ in-den-cherd sur-vuhnt ]

noun

, American History.
  1. a person who came to America and was placed under contract to work for another over a period of time, usually seven years, especially during the 17th to 19th centuries. Generally, indentured servants included redemptioners, victims of religious or political persecution, persons kidnapped for the purpose, convicts, and paupers.


indentured servant

  1. A person under contract to work for another person for a definite period of time, usually without pay but in exchange for free passage to a new country. During the seventeenth century most of the white laborers in Maryland and Virginia came from England as indentured servants.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of indentured servant1

First recorded in 1665–75

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Example Sentences

This state constitution outlined that existing indentured servants would remain in their contracts, and children born to them would be freed only at certain ages — women at 18, men at 21.

Hughson had in his service an indentured servant,—a girl of sixteen years,—named Mary Burton.

One was instigated by a perjurer and a heretic, the other by an indentured servant, in all probability from a convict ship.

It provided that no indentured servant should be sold into another government without the approval of at least one justice.

The planter navigated the boat himself unless he could provide a slave or an indentured servant.

The only books were two Bibles; the list mentions a single indentured servant.

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