Definition of acolyte noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈækəlaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈækəlaɪt//
    Religious people
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  1. 1(formal) a person who follows and helps a leader the Emperor’s faithful acolytes
  2. 2(specialist) a person who helps a priest in some church ceremonies See related entries: Religious people
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French acolyt or ecclesiastical Latin acolytus, from Greek akolouthos ‘follower’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: acolyte