noun (1)
bonds·​man | \ˈbän(d)z-mən \

Definition of bondsman 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one who assumes the responsibility of a bond : surety


noun (2)
bonds·​man | \ˈbän(d)z-mən \

less common variant of

: slave, serf

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But those in the bail bond business say the ones facing the most risk right now are the bail bondsmen themselves. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California's bail bondsmen say new law will 'totally kill' business: 'This is bad'," 31 Aug. 2018 In most cases, a friend or family member will post cash bail or use a bail bondsman. New York Times, "Cash Is Still Hard to Find in New York City Courthouses," 2 May 2018 Contracting with bail bondsmen allows them to stay out of jail for a smaller upfront cost. New York Times, "Comptroller Calls for Removing Profit From City’s Bail Equation," 16 Jan. 2018 Bail bondsman will typically try to track down defendants who skip court, to recover their money. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 14 June 2018 The bail bondsman promises to pay the court the full bond amount if the defendant does not show up for all hearings. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 14 June 2018 As a bail bondsman, Christopher I. Hauptmann was accustomed to dealing with criminals. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He married his stepdaughter — without divorcing her mom first," 10 Jan. 2018 Gonzalez posted his $80,000 bail through a bondsman, Lt. Christine Dempsey,, "Two Arrested In Willimantic Strip Bar Brawl, Police Say," 26 June 2018 Powers testifies that borrowing money from a bondsman in order to avoid jail trapped him in a cycle of debt that led to his being sued by the bail bond company. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dulé Hill on Bail Reform: "There Has to Be a More Equitable Process" (Exclusive Video)," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of bondsman

Noun (1)

1713, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bondsman

law : a person who agrees to make a payment if a prisoner who is released from prison does not return : a person who agrees to pay a bond


bonds·​man | \ˈbändz-mən \

Legal Definition of bondsman 

: one who accepts responsibility as surety for the obligations of another and especially for bail

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