Definition of Acolyte

1. Noun. Someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Specialized synonyms: Altar Boy, Thurifer
Generic synonyms: Clergyman, Man Of The Cloth, Reverend, Holy Order, Order



Definition of Acolyte

1. n. One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic church, being ordained to carry the wine and water and the lights at the Mass.

Definition of Acolyte

1. Noun. (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. ¹

2. Noun. An attendant, assistant or follower. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Acolyte

1. an assistant [n -S] - See also: assistant

Medical Definition of Acolyte

1. 1. One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic church, being ordained to carry the wine and water and the lights at the Mass. 2. One who attends; an assistant. "With such chiefs, and with James and John as acolytes." Origin: LL. Acolythus, acoluthus, Gr. Following, attending: cf. F. Acolyte. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acolyte

acoels
acoemeti
acognitive
acokanthera
acolasia
acold
acollinear
acollinearity
acologic
acology
acolothist
acolothists
acolous
acoloutha
acolyctine
acolyte (current term)
acolytes
acolyth
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acolythists
acolyths
acomia
aconative
acondylous
aconidial
aconine
aconital
aconitase
aconitases
aconitate

Literary usage of Acolyte

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"While there is frequent mention of the acolyte's office in the Ordines Romani, it is only in the Ordo VIII. (which is not earlier than the ?th century) that ..."

2. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum by Montague Rhodes James (1895)
"Blessing of a new Knight, Bp and acolyte: sword at his feet: Knight kneels ... Consecration of an altar, lip with acolyte and crozier: blesses altar on A'. ..."

3. The Anarchists, Their Faith and Their Record, Including Sidelights on the by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (1911)
"... Marcon Murder—Ravachol and his Friends at St Denis—The Dynamite Cartridges of Soisy-sous-Etiolles—Ravachol as an Avenger—His acolyte " Biscuit "—The ..."

4. John Knox by Marion Harland (1899)
"... WISHART—KNOX AS WISHART'S acolyte— KNOX'S CALL TO THE PULPIT UPON a day fixed for the purpose," not long after Eastertide in the year of Our Lord, ..."

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