bondsmen

bondsman

1 [bondz-muhn]
noun, plural bondsmen. Law.
a person who by bond becomes surety for another.

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

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bondsman

2 [bondz-muhn]
noun, plural bondsmen.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bondesman. See bond2, 's1, man1

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bondsman (ˈbɒndzmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  law a person bound by bond to act as surety for another
2.  another word for bondservant

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