peon

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noun pe·on \ˈpē-ˌän, -ən also pā-ˈōn for sense 2, British also ˈpyün for sense 1\

Definition of peon

plural

peons

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peones

play \pā-ˈō-nēz\
  1. 1 :  any of various workers in India, Sri Lanka, or Malaysia: such asa :  infantrymanb :  orderly

  2. 2 [Spanish peón, from Latin pedon-, pedo] :  a member of the landless laboring class in Spanish America

  3. 3 plural peons a :  a person held in compulsory servitude to a master for the working out of an indebtednessb :  drudge, menial

Examples of peon in a sentence

  1. Those rich politicians don't care about peons like us, she complained.

  2. <the company had plenty of low-paying positions for people who were content to be peons all their lives>

Origin and Etymology of peon

Portuguese peão & French pion, from Medieval Latin pedon-, pedo foot soldier — more at pawn


First Known Use: 1609


PEON Defined for English Language Learners

peon

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noun pe·on \ˈpē-ˌän, -ən also pā-ˈōn for sense 2, British also ˈpyün for sense 1\

Definition of peon for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PEON Defined for Kids

peon

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noun pe·on \ˈpē-ˌän\

Definition of peon for Students

  1. :  a person who does hard or dull work for very little money



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