pe·on / ˈpēˌän; ˈpēən/ • n. 1. a Spanish-American day laborer or unskilled farm worker. ∎ hist. a debtor held in servitude by a creditor, esp. in the southern U.S. and Mexico. ∎ a person who does menial work; a drudge: racing drivers aren't exactly normal nine-to-five peons.2. (in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia) someone of low rank. ∎ a foot soldier. ∎ an attendant or messenger. ∎ a person who does minor jobs in an office. DERIVATIVES: pe·on·age / ˈpēənij/ n.