Helot

[hel-uht, hee-luht]
noun
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. Compare Perioeci, Spartiate.
2.
(lowercase) a serf or slave; bondman.

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

helotage, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To helots
Collins
World English Dictionary
Helot (ˈhɛlət, ˈhiː-)
 
n
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

helot
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences for helots
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.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature