Definitions

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

  • n. The condition of being a peon.
  • n. A system by which debtors are bound in servitude to their creditors until their debts are paid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being a peon; the system of paying back debt through servitude and labour; loosely, any system of involuntary servitude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition of a peon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of servitude existing in Spanish America. It prevailed especially in Mexico.
  • n. The holding, by illegal methods, of free negroes or whites in a condition of semi-slavery, specifically in the southern part of the United States: also applied to the abuse of the convict lease system in the South.
  • n. In India, service or employment of peons as messengers, etc.

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

  • n. the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged
  • n. the condition of a peon

Etymologies

From peon +‎ -age. (Wiktionary)

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