Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman bondservant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman who is bound in servitude; a female slave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who is a slave, or in bondage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female slave. Also improperly written bondswoman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a female slave
  • n. a female bound to serve without wages

Etymologies

Middle English bondewomman, from bonde, serf; see bondage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The bondwoman is a free woman compared with the wife.

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  • Agar the bondwoman is a figure of the mount Sinaiwhcre the peo - ple of ifrae I recciued the law: Sara the frcewoman is a figure of the hcaucnly Hierufalemj from whenfe pioceedeth the Gofpell.

    The institution of christian religion

  • The fine for defect is calculated on the basis of how much a virgin bondwoman or a favorite slave would be worth and how much less such a bondwoman who was not a virgin would be worth.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Virgin.

  • She was the only one of us High speakers born of the Blood, but on this side of the mountains she was just another bondwoman.

    Wildfire

  • I helped you and your men to cross the Ferinus and for reward you gave me to the arthygater to be a bondwoman.

    Wildfire

  • Nasthai began to entrust me with chores that took me outside the compound, such as fetching mountain water from the fountain of Nephron, a duty I shared with the bondwoman Knotais.

    Wildfire

  • She sat up and chatted with the bathmistress, who was neither bondwoman nor noble but something in between.

    Wildfire

  • Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this, bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

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  • And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

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  • And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

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