• WordNet 3.6
    • n bondsman a male slave
    • n bondsman a male bound to serve without wages
    • n bondsman someone who signs a bond as surety for someone else
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bondsman A slave; a villain; a serf; a bondman. "Carnal, greedy people, without such a precept, would have no mercy upon their poor bondsmen ."
    • Bondsman (Law) A surety; one who is bound, or who gives security, for another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bondsman In law, a surety; one who is bound or who by bond becomes surety for another.
    • n bondsman Same as bondman, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bondsman a bondman or slave: a surety
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Bond, (a.) or (n.) + man,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of band—A.S. bindan, to bind.


In literature:

Eke Zephyritis had sent, for the purpose trusted, her bondsman, Settler of Grecian strain on the Canopian strand.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
Gould, Jay, bondsman for Tweed, iii.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
He had never been a bondsman before.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
I could not bear that: I became bondsman for the old man.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
Now my command, you who my bondsman are!
"Mr. Faust" by Arthur Davison Ficke
But where find, or how ask, a friend to become his bondsman?
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
He is the accurately Finished Bondsman.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
If only he had not pledged his farm to that bondsman!
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
He arose and led the bondsman off to one side, near the outer door, and talked with him a few moments.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Will Monega free the bondsman?
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various

In poetry:

But when the time had quite expired;
The hundred days of the decree,
And God and justice now required
The bondsman's promised liberty —
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Where e'er the fetter has been broken,
Where e'er the bondsman has been freed,
Where e'er a sentence has been spoken
In behalf of human need —
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
For wrongs and outrage shall surcease;
The millions shall not cry in vain,
For God the captive will release
And break the bondsman's galling chain.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
Before the wicked city's traitor hold
Stands a swamp angel all unangel-wise;
Perhaps some bondsman's prayer has made it bold,
Thus to put off its old and unseen guise.
"The Swamp Angel" by Anonymous Americas
Now all is changed, within the rude stockade,
A bondsman whom the greed of men has made
Almost too brutish to deplore his plight,
Toils hopeless on from joyless morn till night.
"To The South" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Liberty! — for thou shalt be
My glorious reward in a happier clime,
From the hand of my Lord, who hath bound me to Time
As a bondsman here for a year and a day To reign as a King for ever and aye,
Holy, and happy, and Free!
"Liberty - Equality - Fraternity!" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

"If the bondsman never has to pay a penalty, then what is the point of having bail bonds".
George Bancroft stars as a slimy, glad-handing LA bail bondsman.
Features Editor Laurie Yarnell chats with bail bondsman Ira Judelson of Purchase about getting DSK and other clients out of jail.
What exactly is a bail bondsman.
Bondsman gets 16 months prison in Limas corruption scandal.
'Dog the Bounty Hunter,' A&E Sued by Bail Bondsman .
I hope you have never been arrested, but if you have, you know how important a bail bondsman can be.
Meet the ex-bail bondsman who mentors Cowboys like Dez Bryant.
Have you ever had to call a bail bondsman .
New NC bail bondsman training law blocked by judge.
'Dog the Bounty Hunter ,' A&E Sued by Bail Bondsman.
Bondsman still faces child sex accusation.
No calls to the bail bondsman.
Columbus County bondsman says unsecured bonds are out of control.
Bondsman Barry Dean Bolding ousted after sex charges.