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.
- 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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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 ἀ (a) (copulative prefix) + κόλουθος (kolouthos, “track, path, road, way”), from Proto-Indo-European *qeleu (see also Lithuanian kelias (“way”). Compare French acolyte