bondsman

1 of 2

noun (1)

bonds·​man ˈbän(d)z-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio)
: one who assumes the responsibility of a bond : surety

bondsman

2 of 2

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 scammers were posing as local bail bondsmen and left with the cash in two vehicles, which were last seen eastbound on Webster Avenue toward a dead end, police said. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 29 Jan. 2024 Additional defendants include a GOP strategist, local elections officials, an Atlanta bail bondsman, a publicist, an Illinois pastor and a onetime congressional candidate. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024 Kind-hearted bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster, who received his only Oscar nomination here) comes to her rescue, and a plan to extort Ordell and beat the federal charges blossoms with their romance. EW.com, 2 Mar. 2024 History has shown than when people listen to my music, money tends to flow to bartenders, race tracks, late night greasy spoons, bail bondsman, go kart tracks, tractor pulls, football games, peep shows and several black market vices. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 The bail bondsman had asked for an introduction to Hampton. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2023 The guilty pleas -- along with the third of a bail bondsman last month -- are major victories for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 Oct. 2023 The two guilty pleas — along with a third for a bail bondsman last month — are major victories for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who obtained the indictment in August. TIME, 20 Oct. 2023 Four of those charged have already agreed to cooperate, including two lawyers involved with the effort, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, and a bail bondsman named Scott Hall, who entered guilty pleas. Katrina Kaufman, CBS News, 16 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1713, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bondsman was in 1713

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“Bondsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bondsman. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bondsman

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

bondsman

2 of 2 noun
: one who gives a bond or bail for another

Legal Definition

bondsman

noun
bonds·​man ˈbändz-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio)
: one who accepts responsibility as surety for the obligations of another and especially for bail

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