A painting of Jesus with his apostles.
- The definition of an apostle is one of the specific twelve individuals who Jesus called upon to help spread his word.
An example of an apostle is Judas Iscariot.
- An apostle is defined as someone who followed Jesus as a missionary of the Christian message.
An example of an apostle is James the son of Alpheus.
- a person sent out on a special mission
- any of the early disciples of Christ who spread the gospel; specif., the twelve companions of Christ, originally, Andrew, Bartholomew, James (the younger, son of Alphaeus), James (the elder) and John (sons of Zebedee), Jude (or Lebbaeus or Thaddaeus), Judas Iscariot, Matthew (or Levi), Philip, Simon the Canaanite, Simon (called Peter), and Thomas (or Didymus): Paul, the “Apostle to the Gentiles,” was not among the original twelve; Judas was replaced by Matthias
- the first Christian missionary in a place
- any of a group of early Christian missionaries
- an early advocate or leader of a new principle or movement, esp. one aimed at reform
- any of the twelve administrative officials of the Mormon Church
Origin of apostleMiddle English ; from Old English apostol ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin apostolus ; from Classical Greek apostolos, person sent forth ; from apostellein ; from apo-, from + stellein, to send: see still
- a. Apostle One of a group made up especially of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus to preach the gospel.b. A missionary of the early Christian Church.c. A leader of the first Christian mission to a country or region.
- One of the 12 members of the administrative council in the Mormon Church.
- a. One who pioneers an important reform movement, cause, or belief: an apostle of conservation.b. A passionate adherent; a strong supporter.
Origin of apostleMiddle English, from Old English apostol and from Old French apostle, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos, messenger, from apostellein, to send off : apo-, apo- + stellein, to send; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
- A missionary, or leader of a religious mission, especially one in the early Christian Church (but see Apostle).
- A pioneer or early advocate of a particular cause, prophet of a belief.
- A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve seat administrative council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
From Old French apostle, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστολος (apostolos, “one sent forth, apostle”).
- A rare transcription of the Greek male given name Απόστολος (Apóstolos) (usually transliterated as Apostolos).