What does the word peonage mean?

Usage examples for peonage

  1. No. I wouldn't go so far as to say that slavery or peonage are the only ways to make the up- country Haitian negro work, though a good many people who have studied conditions here think so. – Plotting in Pirate Seas by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  2. Can you imagine what their peonage must have been like? – The Centralia Conspiracy by Ralph Chaplin
  3. The contract trader would soon arrive, supported if need be by the authority of his flag's navy, bringing to my cannibals, or some of them, long terms of peonage under hard plantation masters. – The Portal of Dreams by Charles Neville Buck