Definition of peon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpiːən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːən//
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  1. 1a worker on a farm in Latin America
  2. 2(North American English, humorous) a person with a hard or boring job that is not well paid and not considered important
  3. Word Originfrom Portuguese peão and Spanish peón, from medieval Latin pedo, pedon- ‘walker, foot soldier’, from Latin pes, ped- ‘foot’. Compare with the noun pawn.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: peon