Acolyte Definition

ăkə-līt
acolytes
noun
In some Christian churches.
Webster's New World
A person who assists the celebrant in the performance of liturgical rites.
American Heritage
An attendant; follower; helper.
Webster's New World

(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.

Wiktionary
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Antonyms:
masterleader

Other Word Forms of Acolyte

Noun

Singular:
acolyte
Plural:
acolytes

Origin of Acolyte

  • 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

  • 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

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