American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colonial emigrant from Europe to America who paid for the voyage by serving for a specified period as a bondservant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who redeemed himself or purchased his release from debt or obligation to the master of a ship by his services, or one whose services were sold to pay the expenses of his passage to America.
- n. An immigrant, generally from the 18th or 19th century, that gained passage to America by selling themselves as an indentured servant.
- n. Someone who redeems oneself, such as from debt or servitude.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who redeems himself, as from debt or servitude.
- n. Formerly, one who, wishing to emigrate from Europe to America, sold his services for a stipulated time to pay the expenses of his passage.
“Though Clate Wellford and the other coal miners never heard the word redemptioner and indent, they were not unlike those pioneer victims of unscrupulous subordinates.”
“No taint was apparently attached to it, and many a worthy family had a "redemptioner" for its first”
“Brown, a fellow "redemptioner", and with their six children all drifted into Protestantism.”
“Overdursh, --, Dutch redemptioner bought with his family, 167.”
“McComee had earned enough to pay back the price of his purchase money, and was no longer a redemptioner, but a free man and his own master.”
“Another Scotch redemptioner, named William Munroe, who was shipped to this country in the _John and Sara_, settled at Cambridge Fields or”
“Now the negro is a human being, as well as an apprentice or a redemptioner, though the Constitution does not consider him as the equal of either.”
“In the apportionment, or representation clause, the redemptioner and the apprentice counts each as a man, whereas five slaves are enumerated as only three free men.”
“Pennsylvania and many a redemptioner who had discharged his bond of servitude pressed out into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, or beyond.”
“I would have sooner, I believe, wrought by the side of any rascally redemptioner in the iron mines of the Patapsco than have gone to”
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