[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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Word Origin & History

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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Etymology several theories exist regarding the origin of the name helots.
Finally, helots, like slaves, could be artisans or tradesmen.
Finally, some authors place responsibility for the uprising with the helots of laconia.
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