Helot definition

hĕlət
One of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta, neither a slave nor a free citizen.
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An individual of the ancient Spartan class of serfs.
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A member of the lowest class of serfs in ancient Sparta.
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Any serf or slave.
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A serf; a slave.
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A person in servitude; a serf.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
helot
Plural:
helots

Origin of helot

  • From Greek Heilōtes pl. of Heilōs Heilōt-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin Helotes, from Ancient Greek Εἵλωτες (Eilōtes), possibly from ἁλίσκομαι (haliskomai, “to be captured, to be made prisoner”).

    From Wiktionary