Acolyte meaning

ăkə-līt
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A devoted follower or attendant.
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An attendant; follower; helper.
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The definition of an acolyte is a person who attends to the altar in church and assists in the performance of liturgical rites.

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.

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A person who assists the celebrant in the performance of liturgical rites.
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In some Christian churches.
  • One of the , 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.
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(ecclesiastical) One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic Church, being ordained to carry the wine, water and lights at Mass.
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Origin of acolyte

  • Middle English acolit from Old French from Medieval Latin acolytus from Greek akolouthos attendant anacoluthon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin acolythus, acoluthus, from Ancient Greek ἀκόλουθος (akolouthos, “follower, attendant”), from (a) (copulative prefix) + κόλουθος (kolouthos, “track, path, road, way”), from Proto-Indo-European *qeleu (see also Lithuanian kelias (“way”). Compare French acolyte

    From Wiktionary