Apostle Definition

ə-pŏsəl
apostles
noun
One of a group made up especially of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus to preach the gospel.
American Heritage
A person sent out on a special mission.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Any of a group of early Christian missionaries.
Webster's New World
The first Christian missionary in a place.
Webster's New World
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pronoun
A rare transcription of the Greek male given name Απόστολος (Apóstolos) (usually transliterated as Apostolos).
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Apostle

Noun

Singular:
apostle
Plural:
apostles

Origin of Apostle

  • Middle 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 stel- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French apostle, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστολος (apostolos, “one sent forth, apostle”).

    From Wiktionary

  • See apostil.

    From Wiktionary

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