hel·​e·​pole | \ ˈhe-lə-ˌpōl How to pronounce helepole (audio) \
variants: or less commonly helepolis \ hə-​ˈle-​pə-​ləs How to pronounce helepolis (audio) \
plural helepoles\ ˈhe-​lə-​ˌpōlz How to pronounce helepoles (audio) \ also helepolises\ hə-​ˈle-​pə-​lə-​səz How to pronounce helepolises (audio) \

Definition of helepole

: an ancient siege engine composed of a movable tower covering a battering ram

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for helepole

French & Latin; French hélépole, from Latin helepolis, from Greek helepolis, from helein to take + polis city

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about helepole

Statistics for helepole

Cite this Entry

“Helepole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helepole. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

Comments on helepole

What made you want to look up helepole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!