hop·​lite ˈhäp-ˌlīt How to pronounce hoplite (audio)
: a heavily armed infantry soldier of ancient Greece

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Greek armies at this time were mostly the classic hoplite soldiers: heavily armed foot soldiers. Katherine Reinberger, The Conversation, 12 May 2021 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, 6 Feb. 2020 Some hoplites got too far ahead and so lost the protection provided by their comrades. National Geographic, 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, 9 Apr. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoplite was circa 1741

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“Hoplite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoplite. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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