helot

noun
hel·​ot | \ˈhe-lət \

Definition of helot 

1 capitalized : a member of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta

2 : serf, slave

Other Words from helot

helotry \ˈhe-​lə-​trē \ noun

First Known Use of helot

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for helot

Latin Helotes, plural, from Greek Heilōtes

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about helot

Statistics for helot

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for helot

The first known use of helot was in 1579

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on helot

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with helot

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about helot

Comments on helot

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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