noun \ˈa-kə-ˌlīt, -kō-\

: someone who follows and admires a leader

: someone who helps the person who leads a church service

Full Definition of ACOLYTE

:  one who assists a member of the clergy in a liturgical service by performing minor duties
:  one who attends or assists :  follower

Examples of ACOLYTE

  1. a popular professor dining with a few of her acolytes
  2. <a highly influential economist whose acolytes can be found at many major universities>

Origin of ACOLYTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, acolit, from Medieval Latin acoluthus, from Middle Greek akolouthos, from Greek, adjective, following, from a-, ha- together (akin to Greek homos same) + keleuthos path
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


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