peonage

noun pe·on·age \ ˈpē-ə-nij \

Definition of peonage

1 a : the use of laborers bound in servitude because of debt
b : a system of convict labor by which convicts are leased to contractors
2 : the condition of a peon

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First Known Use of peonage

1844

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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peonage

noun pe·on·age \ ˈpē-ə-nij \

legal Definition of peonage

: labor in a condition of servitude to extinguish a debt
  • the holding of any person to service or labor under the system known as peonage is abolished and forever prohibited
  • U.S. Code

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