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velites

pl n
  1. light-armed troops in ancient Rome, drawn from the poorer classes
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Word Origin

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

Historical Examples

  • It was the corps of the Roman velites who did them most harm.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348

    Various

  • 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

    Gustave Flaubert

  • The Iberians having at once made an onslaught upon the cattle, he despatched some of the velites against them.