Peon definition

pēŏn, pēən
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A person who does menial or repetitive tasks and has a low rank in an organization or society.
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In India and Southeast Asia,
  • A foot soldier.
  • A native policeman.
  • An attendant or messenger.
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An unskilled or exploited laborer.
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A lowly person, a peasant or serf, a labourer who is obliged to do menial work.
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(historical) In the SW U.S., a person forced into servitude to work off a debt.
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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.

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In India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia, a person of menial position, especially a messenger, servant, or foot soldier.
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An unskilled laborer or farm worker of Latin America or the southwest United States.
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Such a worker bound in servitude to a landlord creditor.
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(informal) Any person of low social status, esp. one employed at menial or tedious work.
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In Spanish America,
  • A person of the landless laboring class.
  • (historical) A person forced to work off a debt or to perform penal servitude.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
peon
Plural:
peons

Origin of peon

  • Spanish peón day laborer from Medieval Latin pedō pedōn- foot soldier pioneer Sense 3, from Portuguese peão French pion foot soldier both ultimately from Medieval Latin pedō

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish peón.

    From Wiktionary