She felt like she was being treated like a peon when she was given the task of delivering coffee for the team meetings.
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 peonfrom 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 pedō pedōn- foot soldier ; see pioneer . Sense 3, from Portuguese peão French pion foot soldier both ultimately from Medieval Latin pedō
From Spanish peÃ³n.