Origin of hopliteClassical Greek hoplit?s from hoplon, a tool from hepein, to prepare, care for from Indo-European base an unverified form sep-, to concern oneself with from source Sanskrit sápati, (he) woos, cultivates, Classical Latin sepelire, to bury
Origin of hopliteGreek hoplītēs from hoplon armor
detail of a c. 520 bc cup by the Oltos Painter
(active c. 525-500 bc)
- (historical) A heavily-armed infantry soldier of Ancient Greece.
From Ancient Greek ὁπλίτης (hoplitēs, “heavily armed foot-soldier”), from ὅπλον (hoplon, “arms, armor, weapon”) (from which English hopl-). Compare Latin hoplomachus (“gladiator”).