Definition of bondsman in English:


Syllabification: bonds·man
Pronunciation: /ˈbändzmən

noun (plural bondsmen)

  • 1A person who stands surety for a bond.
    [ early 18th century: from bond + man]
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    • 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.
    [ mid 18th century: variant of Middle English bondman, from obsolete bond 'serf' (see also bondage)]
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    • 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.

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