peon

noun pe·on \ ˈpē-ˌän , -ən also pā-ˈōn for sense 2 , British also ˈpyün for sense 1 \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of peon

plural peons or peones play \pā-ˈō-nēz\
1 : any of various workers in India, Sri Lanka, or Malaysia: such as
b : orderly
2
[Spanish peón, from Latin pedon-, pedo]
: a member of the landless laboring class in Spanish America
3 plural peons
a : a person held in compulsory servitude to a master for the working out of an indebtedness
b : 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

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Origin and Etymology of peon

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

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PEON Defined for English Language Learners

peon

noun

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

noun pe·on \ ˈpē-ˌän \

Definition of peon for Students

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


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