- An example of an acolyte is an altar boy.
- An example of an acolyte in the Roman Catholic Church is the person who prepares the wine and water during mass.
- in some Christian churches
- one of the minor orders, the special function of which is to serve at the Eucharist
- any person upon whom this order has been conferred
- any person who serves at the Eucharist
- server; altar boy; altar girl
- an attendant; follower; helper
Origin of acolyteMiddle English acolit from Medieval Latin acolytus from Classical Greek akolouthos, follower from a-, copulative + keleuthos, a way
- A person who assists the celebrant in the performance of liturgical rites.
- A devoted follower or attendant.
Origin of acolyteMiddle English acolit from Old French from Medieval Latin acolytus from Greek akolouthos attendant ; see anacoluthon .
From Late Latin acolythus, acoluthus, from Ancient Greek ἀκόλουθος (akolouthos, “follower, attendant”), from ἀ (a) (copulative prefix) + κόλουθος (kolouthos, “track, path, road, way”), from Proto-Indo-European *qeleu (see also Lithuanian kelias (“way”). Compare French acolyte