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

: slave, serf

Examples of bondsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Celebrity New York City bail bondsman Ira Judelson — who has worked with everyone from Conor McGregor to Harvey Weinstein — is accustomed to crime and mayhem. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 Former bail bondsman Donald Stepp was one of the federal government's star witnesses at the 2018 trial of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force, unlocking a new dimension of the corruption. Washington Post, 30 June 2021 In December 2014, Carson won a full acquittal for a bail bondsman who had been facing life in prison on extortion charges. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2021 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 24 May. 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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