noun apos·tle \ə-ˈpä-səl\

: any one of the 12 men chosen by Jesus Christ to spread the Christian religion

: someone who believes in or supports an idea, cause, etc.

Full Definition of APOSTLE

:  one sent on a mission: as
a :  one of an authoritative New Testament group sent out to preach the gospel and made up especially of Christ's 12 original disciples and Paul
b :  the first prominent Christian missionary to a region or group
a :  a person who initiates a great moral reform or who first advocates an important belief or system
b :  an ardent supporter :  adherent
:  the highest ecclesiastical official in some church organizations
:  one of a Mormon administrative council of 12 men
apos·tle·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of APOSTLE

  1. <a fervent apostle of universal health care>

Origin of APOSTLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Old English; Anglo-French apostle & Old English apostol, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos, from apostellein to send away, from apo- + stellein to send
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth
APOSTLESHIP Defined for Kids


noun apos·tle \ə-ˈpä-səl\

Definition of APOSTLE for Kids

:  one of the twelve close followers of Jesus


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