Definition of hoplite in English:



  • A heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scabbards can be seen from the days of the Greek hoplite, worn suspended at the waist.’
    • ‘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.’


From Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon ‘weapon’.