- a member of the lowest class of serfs in ancient Sparta
- any serf or slave
Origin of HelotClassical Latin Helotes, Hilotae, plural ; from Classical Greek Heil?tes, plural , taken as after Helos, town in Laconia whose inhabitants were enslaved by the Spartans, but ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps base of haliskesthai, to be captured ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to tear, injure from source Classical Latin vellere, to pluck, tear away
- Helot One of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta, neither a slave nor a free citizen.
- A person in servitude; a serf.
Origin of helotFrom Greek Heil&omacron;tes, pl. of Heil&omacron;s, Heil&omacron;t-.
Latin Helotes, from Ancient Greek Εἵλωτες (Eilōtes), possibly from ἁλίσκομαι (haliskomai, “to be captured, to be made prisoner”).