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redemptioner

[ri-demp-shuh-ner] /rɪˈdɛmp ʃə nər/
noun, American History
1.
an emigrant from Europe to America who obtained passage by becoming an indentured servant for a specified period of time.
Origin of redemptioner
1765-1775
1765-75; redemption + -er1
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  • That's Black Jim Lewis, that stole me away from home and sold me for a redemptioner.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Mr. Quimby bought him at the wharf out of a redemptioner ship.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • Overdursh,--, Dutch redemptioner bought with his family, 167.

    George Washington: Farmer Paul Leland Haworth
  • The Sot-Weed Factor gives a much less rose-colored account of the life of a redemptioner.

    The Colonial Cavalier Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • This proprietor, who is now so wealthy, came over a redemptioner, and owes his present wealth to his industry and frugality.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • No taint was apparently attached to it, and many a worthy family had a "redemptioner" for its first American ancestor.

    The Land We Live In Henry Mann
  • And if my father came out a redemptioner, and worked his way, so had old Mr. Dulany.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for redemptioner

redemptioner

/rɪˈdɛmpʃənə/
noun
1.
(history) an emigrant to Colonial America who paid for his passage by becoming an indentured servant
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Word Origin and History for redemptioner
n.

"indentured servant," 1775, from redemption + -er (1).

REDEMPTIONER. One who redeems himself or purchases his release from debt or obligation to the master of a ship by his services; or one whose services are sold to pay the expenses of his passage to America. [Webster, 1830]

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