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(formerly in Spanish America) a debtor compelled to work off his debts
peon2 (in India, Sri Lanka, etc., esp formerly)
1. a messenger or attendant, esp in an office
2. a native policeman
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
peonan unfree PEASANT or rural labourer indebted to a landowner. see DEBT PEONAGE.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
A person with no special (root or wheel) privileges on a computer system. "I can't create an account on foovax for you; I'm only a peon there."
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