hop·​lite | \ ˈhäp-ˌlīt How to pronounce hoplite (audio) \

Definition of hoplite

: a heavily armed infantry soldier of ancient Greece

Examples of hoplite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Armed and dangerous As the envoy made his way to Sparta to deliver the plea for reinforcements, 10,000 hoplites marched to Marathon. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 Some hoplites got too far ahead and so lost the protection provided by their comrades. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 Campy hoplites and temple maidens appear in dramatic photographs from 1970 by Pierre Zucca, whose collaborations with the great artist and writer Pierre Klossowski mashed up sex and economics. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Documenta 14, a German Art Show’s Greek Revival," 9 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of hoplite

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoplite

Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon tool, weapon, from hepein to care for, work at — more at sepulchre

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“Hoplite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoplite. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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