Meaning of peonage

pe•on•age

Pronunciation: (pē'u-nij), [key]
— n.
  1. the condition or service of a peon.
  2. the practice of holding persons in servitude or partial slavery, as to work off a debt or to serve a penal sentence.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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