from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unskilled laborer or farm worker of Latin America or the southwest United States.
- n. Such a worker bound in servitude to a landlord creditor.
- n. A menial worker; a drudge.
- n. In India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia, a person of menial position, especially a messenger, servant, or foot soldier.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lowly person, a peasant or serf, a labourer who is obliged to do menial work
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See poon.
- n. A foot soldier; a policeman; also, an office attendant; a messenger.
- n. A day laborer; a servant; especially, in some of the Spanish American countries, debtor held by his creditor in a form of qualified servitude, to work out a debt.
- n. See 2d Pawn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A day-laborer; specifically, in Spanish America, a species of serf, compelled to work for his creditor until his debts are paid.
- n. In India: A foot-soldier.
- n. A messenger; an attendant or orderly.
- n. A native constable or policeman.
- n. In chess, a piece representing a footman; a pawn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
Spanish, day laborer, from Medieval Latin pedō, pedōn-, foot soldier; see pioneer. Sense 3, possibly from Portuguese peão, from Medieval Latin pedō.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish peón. (Wiktionary)