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indentured servant

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.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75
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Examples from the web for indentured servant
  • One of many children, she was apprenticed as a kind of indentured servant to a wealthy family of wholesale grocers.
  • She had endured being treated by certain families as little more than an indentured servant.
  • There were the music lessons she paid for by becoming an indentured servant.
  • If she could not pay, she would become an indentured servant for five years.
  • At that point, you're the indentured servant of the health plan if they're not paying responsibly.
Contemporary definitions for indentured servant
noun

a person who is bonded or contracted to work for another for a specified time, in exchange for learning a trade or for travel expenses (as to America)

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indentured servant in Culture

indentured servant definition


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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