Definitions for peonˈpi ən, ˈpi ɒn, ˈpyun

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pe•onˈpi ən, ˈpi ɒn(n.)

  1. (in Spanish America) a farm worker or unskilled laborer.

  2. (formerly, esp. in Mexico) a person held in servitude to work off debts or other obligations.

  3. any person of low social status, esp. one who does menial or unskilled work; drudge.

Origin of peon:

1820–30; < Sp peón peasant, day laborer < VL *pedōnem, acc. of *pedō walker, der. of L ped- (s. of pēs) foot

pe•on*ˈpi ən, ˈpi ɒn, ˈpyun(n.)

  1. an office assistant.

    Category: Indian (India)

  2. (esp. under British rule) a messenger, attendant, or orderly.

    Category: Indian (India)

* (in S and SE Asia).

Origin of peon:

1600–10; < Pg peão, F pion foot soldier, pedestrian, day laborer

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drudge, peon, navvy, galley slave(noun)

    a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

Wiktionary

  1. peon(Noun)

    A lowly person, a peasant or serf, a labourer who is obliged to do menial work

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peon(noun)

    see Poon

  2. Peon(noun)

    a foot soldier; a policeman; also, an office attendant; a messenger

  3. Peon(noun)

    a day laborer; a servant; especially, in some of the Spanish American countries, debtor held by his creditor in a form of qualified servitude, to work out a debt

  4. Peon(noun)

    see 2d Pawn

Freebase

  1. Peon

    Peonage is a type of involuntary servitude of laborers having little control over their employment conditions. Peonage existed historically during the colonial period, especially in Latin America and areas of Spanish rule, as well as in the Southern United States after the American Civil War. Whites used the "Black Codes" and other systems to gain the forced labor of African Americans after slavery was abolished.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. peon

    A person with no special (root or wheel) privileges on a computer system. “I can't create an account on foovax for you; I'm only a peon there.”


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

pawn(noun)

in chess, one of the small pieces of lowest rank.

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