Definition of armatole in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːmətəʊl/


  • In Ottoman-ruled Greece: a member of an armed militia composed of Greek mercenaries, serving from the 15th century until Greek independence in the 1830s as a form of police force.

    Although originally recruited to enforce the Sultan's authority in remote or restive regions, the armatoloi, along with the klephts, formed a major part of the pro-independence forces fighting against Ottoman rule during the Greek War of Independence (1821–32).


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Bury & Norwich Post. From modern Greek αρματολός, variant of αρματόλογος person who is concerned or involved with weapons (from άρματα, plural (by analogy with neuter nouns in -μα) of άρμα weapon (medieval Greek ἄρμα; from classical Latin arma, neuter plural) + -λόγος see -loger)); compare -o-.