It is the staff of life of the Mexican peon, and the making of tortillas is the chief vocation in life of his wife and daughters.
A boat had been lowered, and was towing astern—for what purpose the peon did not know.
To the first worldly shelter you sought—the peon's hut or the Alcalde's casa—you would have thought it necessary to bring a story.
They reach the spot where the peon was so late seen, striving to get into his saddle.
Just at that moment a peon announced Don Torribio, who entered the room.
This arrangement is all against the peon, and all in favor of the employer.
Explain, said Don Antonio, looking first at Adrian and then at the peon.
The school is as free to the son of a peon as to him with the richest of parents.
We could see the peon in the howdah leaning over the front bar, and eagerly peering into the recesses of the thicket before him.
That, peon, is something you'll have to find out for yourself.
unskilled worker, 1826, from Mexican Spanish peon "agricultural laborer" (especially a debtor held in servitude by his creditor), from Spanish peon "day laborer," also "pedestrian," originally "foot soldier," from Medieval Latin pedonem "foot soldier" (see pawn (n.2)). The word entered British English earlier (c.1600) in the sense "native constable, soldier, or messenger in India," via Portuguese peao "pedestrian, foot soldier, day laborer."