Definition of bonded labourer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


bonded labourer

(especially US English bonded laborer) noun
BrE BrE//ˌbɒndɪd ˈleɪbərə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːndɪd ˈleɪbərər//
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a person who is forced to work for an employer for a fixed time without being paid, often as a way of paying a debt The children were working as bonded labourers.