from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unskilled laborer or farm worker of Latin America or the southwest United States.
- n. Such a worker bound in servitude to a landlord creditor.
- n. A menial worker; a drudge.
- n. In India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia, a person of menial position, especially a messenger, servant, or foot soldier.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lowly person, a peasant or serf, a labourer who is obliged to do menial work
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See poon.
- n. A foot soldier; a policeman; also, an office attendant; a messenger.
- n. A day laborer; a servant; especially, in some of the Spanish American countries, debtor held by his creditor in a form of qualified servitude, to work out a debt.
- n. See 2d Pawn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A day-laborer; specifically, in Spanish America, a species of serf, compelled to work for his creditor until his debts are paid.
- n. In India: A foot-soldier.
- n. A messenger; an attendant or orderly.
- n. A native constable or policeman.
- n. In chess, a piece representing a footman; a pawn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
In the USA peon is a demeaning term, but not in Mexico.
Either the peon is different from the American, or land hunger is one thing to the one and another thing to the other.
The peon is an Indian, and a Mexican Indian at that.
After thus tantalizing me and taking my measure, he called a peon, whom I found to be an easy boss, and I was placed beside himself digging and shoveling, took his gait, which was much more easy than the Southern darkey.
Unfortunately, some idiot schmuck McCain/Palin peon underpaid, overworked employee at the County Recorder managed to enter my address incorrectly, and now I’m supposed to show up to vote in a totally new and different location, where my registration could quite possibly be challenged because it doesn’t match my ID.
Desmond fancied he saw a slight smile curl the lips of the natives; then the sentry called another peon who stood at hand, and sent him into the palace.
They went out and when they entered the first shed the Spaniard called a peon and gave him an order Dick did not catch.
Although I'm cringing at the term 'peon' and wish you'd have used a different word ... maybe a more modern one ...
AMLO had critizised him for been a "peon" in Zedillo's government (when he was Ministry of Health).
If Dr. Harpe dubbed him her "peon," she took care to treat him and his opinions with flattering deference.