/ (ˈviːlɪˌtiːz) /
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light-armed troops in ancient Rome, drawn from the poorer classes
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Word Origin for velites
C17: from Latin, pl of vēles light-armed foot soldier; related to volāre to fly
Words nearby velites
veleta, velic, veliger, Velikiye Luki, velitation, velites, velleity, vellicate, Vellore, vellum, vellus hair
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How to use velites in a sentence
The Iberians having at once made an onslaught upon the cattle, he despatched some of the velites against them.
It was the corps of the Roman velites who did them most harm.
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 youngest soldiers or Velites are ordered to carry a sword, spears, and target (parma).