[spahr-tee-eyt, -shee-]
a member of the ruling class of ancient Laconia; a Spartan citizen. Compare Helot ( def 1 ), Perioeci.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Spartiātēs < Doric Greek Spartiā́tēs, equivalent to Spartiā́(s) of Sparta + -tēs personal noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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