(in Spanish America) a farm worker or unskilled laborer; day laborer.
(formerly, especially in Mexico) a person held in servitude to work off debts or other obligations.
any person of low social status, especially one who does work regarded as menial or unskilled; drudge.
Other definitions for peon (2 of 2)
a messenger, attendant, or orderly.
a foot soldier or police officer.
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How to use peon in a sentence
In the end, the one-trick peon has pulled off more literary tricks than David Copperfield.
She was so handy with a needle, and allus ready to cut out calico dingusses that the peon gals could sew up.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
I liked the place, and not long after got employment as a government peon, in the service of the English.Confessions of a Thug | Philip Meadows Taylor
One sallow, emaciated peon carried a crucifix, which he had evidently snatched as he flew to the rescue.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
Of course if you should be so unfortunate as to have a peon lift his rifle, you would never reach the truck alive.The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
That, peon, is something you'll have to find out for yourself.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for peon (1 of 2)
a Spanish-American farm labourer or unskilled worker
(formerly in Spanish America) a debtor compelled to work off his debts
any very poor person
British Dictionary definitions for peon (2 of 2)
a messenger or attendant, esp in an office
a native policeman
a foot soldier
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