Definition of bondman in US English:



  • A serf; a slave.

    • ‘Yet one incontrovertible fact set him decidedly apart from the rabid cotton state defenders of the peculiar institution: Atchison owned at most one bondman.’
    • ‘Every man who strives to become a burgess of this town shall first be examined under oath upon a Book that he is no bondman, but free-born and of free status.’
    • ‘And every bondman and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.’
    • ‘Although such laws were most prevalent in the South, the northern colonies also enacted statutes restricting the lives of bondmen and bondwomen.’