from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See bondwoman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See bondwoman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The female equivalent of a bondsman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a female bound to serve without wages
  • noun a female slave
  • noun someone who signs a bond as surety for someone else


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  • There's a deceased ex-wife who offers advice from the hereafter, a band of escaped prisoners from the 1960s wreaking havoc on modern-day society and a bail bondswoman who learns that she's really a fairy-tale princess.

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  • But let us not forget the more obscure actors, those such as the Quaker Laura Haviland and the former bondswoman Harriet Jacobs, the Rebel General William Mahone and the southern abolitionist Moncure Conway.

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  • If you can't even take the risk not to wear a tie or make-up according to your birth sex if you want to make your way in this world then you are either a bondsman or a bondswoman; in short a slave.

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  • Then she says to me, ‘O my lord, Allah upon thee, do not refuse to take the cup from the hand of thine hand maid, for verily I am thy bondswoman.’

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  • But, when Princess Manar al-Sana saw her sister in this plight, a bondswoman and in fetters, she wept over her and said, “O my sister, who is this hath conquered us and made us captives in our own country?”

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  • Saxons were heathens at that time, or at least heretics, and made a positive point with her husband that the bondswoman and girl who were to attend on her person and that of her daughter, should be qualified for the office by being anew admitted into the Christian Church by baptism.

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  • To no son of Dermid shall I be delivered, to be fed like a bondswoman; but he who is my pleasure and my pride shall be my guard and my protector.

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  • It would have been enough to break the heart of a person who had calculated upon getting a fortune, which I never did; for I felt always like an intruder and a bondswoman, and had wished myself out of the Petherwin family a hundred times, with my crust of bread and liberty.

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