Meaning of peon

pe•on

Pronunciation: (pē'un, pē'on), [key]
— n.
  1. (in Spanish America) a farm worker or unskilled laborer; day 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 work regarded as menial or unskilled; drudge.

pe•on

Pronunciation: (pē'un, pē'on), [key]
— n.
  1. a messenger, attendant, or orderly.
  2. a foot soldier or police officer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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