Helot
Helot He"lot (?; 277), n. [L. Helotes, Hilotae, pl., fr. Gr. E'e`lws and E'elw`ths a bondman or serf of the Spartans; so named from 'Elos, a town of Laconia, whose inhabitants were enslaved; or perh. akin to e`lei^n to take, conquer, used as 2d aor. of ?.] A slave in ancient Sparta; a Spartan serf; hence, a slave or serf. [1913 Webster]

Those unfortunates, the Helots of mankind, more or less numerous in every community. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]


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  • helot — 1570s (with a capital h ) Spartan serf, from Gk. Heilotes, pl. of Heilos, popularly associated with Helos, Laconian town reduced to serfdom by Sparta, but perhaps related to Gk. halonai be captured. In extended use by 1820s …   Etymology dictionary

  • helot — hèlōt m <G helóta> DEFINICIJA 1. pov. u antičkoj Sparti državni rob poljodjelac, u vojsci lako naoružani vojnik 2. pren. knjiš. zast. onaj koji je bez ikakvih osobnih prava ETIMOLOGIJA grč. heilôtes …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • helot — ► NOUN 1) a member of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta, intermediate in status between slaves and citizens. 2) a serf or slave. ORIGIN Greek Heil tes, traditionally taken as referring to inhabitants of Helos, an ancient Greek town whose… …   English terms dictionary

  • Helot — [hel′ət] n. [L Helotes, Hilotae, pl. < Gr Heilōtes, pl., taken as after Helos, town in Laconia whose inhabitants were enslaved by the Spartans, but < ? base of haliskesthai, to be captured < IE base * wel , to tear, injure > L vellere …   English World dictionary

  • Helot — helotage, n. /hel euht, hee leuht/, n. 1. a member of the lowest class in ancient Laconia, constituting a body of serfs who were bound to the land and were owned by the state. Cf. Perioeci, Spartiate. 2. (l.c.) a serf or slave; bondman. [1570 80; …   Universalium

  • Helot — Heloten (v. griech. heléin = nehmen, erobern; also „die Eroberten“, „die Gefangenen“) nannte man die Angehörigen einer sozialen Schicht von Menschen im Staat Lakedaimon (heute üblicherweise nach seinem Hauptort Sparta genannt), die zwar im Staat… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • helot — noun Etymology: Latin Helotes, plural, from Greek Heilōtes Date: 1579 1. capitalized a member of a class of serfs in ancient Sparta 2. serf, slave • helotry noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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