noun (1)
bonds·​man | \ ˈbän(d)z-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio) \

Definition of bondsman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who assumes the responsibility of a bond : surety


noun (2)
bonds·​man | \ ˈbän(d)z-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio) \

less common variant of bondman

: slave, serf

Examples of bondsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The man was wanted on suspicion of assaulting a bail bondsman with a knife and gun and violently resisting officers. Angelina Hicks, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2022 The man met with an unknown person claiming to be a bail bondsman and gave him $9,500. Staff,, 8 Apr. 2022 Dennis Thompson, a bail bondsman and longtime Monroe County resident, spent time in the jail’s booking area chatting with the deputies and the inmates. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Jean played along, eventually inviting an apparent bail bondsman to pick up the cash from her house. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 Every part of this film is funny, such as the team jerseys being sponsored by a bail bondsman. Matt Caputo, SPIN, 7 Apr. 2022 More than four months before the shooting, a bail bondsman in Mississippi reached out to the FBI after seeing something disturbing online. Brittany Wallman,, 3 Apr. 2022 The bondsman who paid, Darrius Handy of Bryce's Bail Bonds, said the bail set for Udell is pretty standard, considering what he was charged with. Grant Lancaster, Arkansas Online, 22 Feb. 2022 An Athens judge should publicly apologize to a bail bondsman for detaining him in courthouse chambers and berating him for posts on social media, the state’s judicial watchdog agency is recommending. Bill Rankin, ajc, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bondsman

Noun (1)

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Bondsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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bonds·​man | \ ˈbändz-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio) \

Legal Definition of bondsman

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

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