from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
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- n. A heavily-armed infantry soldier of Ancient Greece.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A heavy-armed infantry soldier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a heavy-armed foot-soldier, armed with helmet, cuirass or thorax, and greaves, and bearing a large shield, and, as weapons, a sword, one or more spears or javelins, and sometimes a battle-ax.
Greek hoplītēs, from hoplon, armor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὁπλίτης (hoplitēs, "heavily armed foot-soldier"), from ὅπλον (hoplon, "arms, armor, weapon") (English hopl-). Compare Latin hoplomachus ("gladiator"). (Wiktionary)