[hel-uht, hee-luht]
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. Compare Perioeci, Spartiate.
(lowercase) a serf or slave; bondman.

1570–80; < Latin hēlōtēs (plural) < Greek heílōtes

helotage, noun
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Helot (ˈhɛlət, ˈhiː-)
1.  (in ancient Greece, esp Sparta) a member of the class of unfree men above slaves owned by the state
2.  (usually not capital) a serf or slave
[C16: from Latin Hēlotēs, from Greek Heilōtes, alleged to have meant originally: inhabitants of Helos, who, after its conquest, were serfs of the Spartans]

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1579, from Gk. Heilotes, pl. of Heilos, popularly assoc. with Helos, Laconian town reduced to serfdom by Sparta, but perhaps related to Gk. halonai "be captured."
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