Definition of bondsman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbändzmən/

noun (plural bondsmen)

1A person who stands surety for a bond.
Example sentences
  • Due diligence on the part of the bondsman is required.
  • As bail bondsmen know, just about everyone has some money that they can fork over to free themselves from a tight spot.
  • Normally, it can go to a surety company which is sort of like a high-class bail bondsman.
2 archaic A slave.
Example sentences
  • These people were mostly Mahorans, African slaves and bondsmen, Malagasy, and Comoreans from other islands in the archipelago.
  • Traders also sought to provide slaves with external reputations, by changing the physical appearance of the bondsmen through altered diets and better clothing.
  • It is entirely possible that he began life tied to the land, since at least one letter in the Paston collection accuses him of being a peasant bondsman.


Early 18th century: sense 1 from bond + man; sense 2 is a variant of Middle English bondman, from obsolete bond 'serf' (see also bondage).

Words that rhyme with bondsman

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