- light-armed troops in ancient Rome, drawn from the poorer classes
C17: from Latin, pl of vēles light-armed foot soldier; related to volāre to fly
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Examples from the Web for velites
It was the corps of the Roman velites who did them most harm.
The vallum is lined by the velites, who are on guard all along it from day to day.
Did I not win a musket of honour among the Velites of the Guard?The Adventures of Gerard
Arthur Conan Doyle
To avoid infection, the corpses of the velites had been speedily buried; and the position of the graves was no longer visible.Salammbo
The Iberians having at once made an onslaught upon the cattle, he despatched some of the velites against them.