Definition of hoplite in English:



  • A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.

    • ‘Metal helmets were worn by hoplites, the foot soldiers of ancient Greece, and elsewhere in eastern Mediterranean civilizations.’
    • ‘The Sakonides cup, discussed above, thus provides an example in which the athletic lion-fighter contrasts with the hoplite.’
    • ‘They were armed with the sarissa, a long spear but at 13 feet actually shorter than the hasta used by Greek hoplites, which was over 16 feet long.’
    • ‘The following Spring and Summer, the main allied Greek army, headed by 10,000 Spartan hoplites, routed the Persian army at Palatea, and its navy at Salamis.’
    • ‘Scabbards can be seen from the days of the Greek hoplite, worn suspended at the waist.’


From Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon.