Simple Definition of peon
: a person who does hard or boring work for very little money : a person who is not very important in a society or organization
: a poor farm worker especially in Latin America
Full Definition of peon
plural peons or pe·o·nes play \pā-ˈō-nēz\
2 [Spanish peón, from Latin pedon-, pedo] : a member of the landless laboring class in Spanish America
Examples of peon
“Those rich politicians don't care about peons like us,” she complained.
<the company had plenty of low-paying positions for people who were content to be peons all their lives>
Origin of peon
Portuguese peão & French pion, from Medieval Latin pedon-, pedo foot soldier — more at pawn
First Known Use: 1609
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