Definitions

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

  • n. A male bondservant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who is bound in servitude; a slave or serf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man slave, or one bound to service without wages.
  • n. A villain, or tenant in villenage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old English law, a villein, or tenant in villeinage.
  • n. A man slave, or a man bound to service without wages. Also improperly written bondsman.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English, from bonde, serf; see bondage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bond +‎ -man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "And what would you call the bondman whose master had generously paid his debt, and who refused to accept that generosity, but insisted on working it out himself, though the debt was more than he could discharge by the work of a thousand years?"

    One Snowy Night Long ago at Oxford

  • Page 12 non-slaveholding white killed a negro, payment of the price of the bondman was his acquittance; in no case was imprisonment or the death penalty inflicted.

    The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion

  • The next morning broke silently, and with the rising of the sun the plantation bell or the conch called the bondman and bondwoman into the cane-fields.

    The Flower of the Chapdelaines

  • Now, the term here translated "bondman" is the generic עֶבֶד, _evedh_, elsewhere translated "servant," and therefore should have been thus translated here, unless a different rendering is required by the context.

    Is Slavery Sanctioned by the Bible?

  • If the servant was a slave, because he was called by the Hebrew word rendered "bondman," then was Jacob a slave also: -- and even still greater absurdities could be deduced from the position.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • "bondman," one contracting service for a term of years; שָּׂכִיר,

    Is Slavery Sanctioned by the Bible?

  • "bondman" used in the Mosaic law means chattel slavery; 2.

    Is Slavery Sanctioned by the Bible?

  • He at once captivated my imagination, and I have been ever since his loving bondman.

    American Icons

  • When the King heard her words, he knew her desire and said, As for thy saying that thou art wretched, there is for such speech no ground, inasmuch as my kingdom and good and all I possess are at thy service and I also am become thy bondman; but, as for thy saying, ‘I am parted from my mother and brother and family’, tell me where they are and

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Standing, there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July!

    Revolution Day

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