helot

noun
hel·​ot | \ ˈhe-lət How to pronounce helot (audio) \
plural helots

Definition of helot

1 Helot : a member of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta
2 : someone held in forced servitude : an enslaved person or serf

Other Words from helot

helotry \ ˈhe-​lə-​trē How to pronounce helot (audio) \ noun

Examples of helot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 300 Spartans stood at the head of a force of approximately 7,000 other Greeks, not to mention their own helot slaves, who fought as light infantry. Myke Cole, The New Republic, 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of helot

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for helot

Latin Helotes, plural, from Greek Heilōtes

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“Helot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helot. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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