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[ri-demp-shuh-ner] /rɪˈdɛmp ʃə nər/
noun, American History.
an emigrant from Europe to America who obtained passage by becoming an indentured servant for a specified period of time.
Origin of redemptioner
1765-75; redemption + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


(history) an emigrant to Colonial America who paid for his passage by becoming an indentured servant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for redemptioner

"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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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