When the president of the company retired, several of his colleagues expressed their desire to compose a pean to celebrate his accomplishments.
2. A landless laborer in South America: The peon hired himself out to the owner of the hacienda in exchange for food and lodging.
3. East Asian workers often associated with the military: The local village elder enlisted as a peon with the military as an orderly.
The peon, who was hired by Jean's uncle for the summer, recited a pean to the gods who oversaw the harvests.
From early 17th century via Spanish peón, Portuguese peão, "foot soldier" from medieval Latin pedon- which is from Latin ped-, "foot".