a heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.

Origin of hoplite

1720–30; < Greek hoplī́tēs, equivalent to hópl(on) piece of armor, particularly the large shield + -ītēs -ite1
Related formshop·lit·ic [hop-lit-ik] /hɒpˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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(in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
Derived Formshoplitic (hɒpˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hoplite

C18: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare
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Word Origin and History for hoplite

"heavy-armed foot soldier of ancient Greece," 1727, from Greek hoplites "heavily armed soldier," literally "heavy armed," from hopla "arms, armor," plural of hoplon "tool, weapon, implement."

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