bond-man

bondman

[bond-muhn]
noun, plural bondmen.
1.
a male slave.
2.
a man bound to service without wages.
3.
Old English Law. a villein or other unfree tenant.
Also, bondsman.


Origin:
1200–50; Middle English bonde man. See bond2, man1

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bondman
mid-13c., "husband, husbandman," from M.E. bond (see bondage) + man. Later, "man in bondage, slave" (mid-14c.).
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