An employee getting coffee for the team.
The definition of a peon is an unimportant worker or a drudge who does menial work.
An example of a peon is the least important assistant at a busy office who does menial, boring tasks.
- in Spanish America,
- a person of the landless laboring class
- Historical a person forced to work off a debt or to perform penal servitude
- ⌂ Historical in the SW U.S., a person forced into servitude to work off a debt
- in India and Southeast Asia,
- a foot soldier
- a native policeman
- an attendant or messenger
- an unskilled or exploited laborer
- Informal any person of low social status, esp. one employed at menial or tedious work
Origin of peon; from Spanish peón or (in peon sense ) Portuguese peão, both ; from Medieval Latin pedo, foot soldier: see pawn
- A person who does menial or repetitive tasks and has a low rank in an organization or society.
- a. An unskilled laborer or farm worker of Latin America or the southwest United States.b. Such a worker bound in servitude to a landlord creditor.
- In India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia, a person of menial position, especially a messenger, servant, or foot soldier.
Origin of peonSpanish peón, day laborer, from Medieval Latin ped&omacron;, ped&omacron;n-, foot soldier; see pioneer. Sense 3, from Portuguese peão and French pion, foot soldier, both ultimately from Medieval Latin ped&omacron;.
From Spanish peÃ³n.