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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Radical activists wanted to break up the estates that once belonged to the Shah and his acolytes.
▪ Courts are holding Klans responsible for the deeds of acolytes.
▪ His acolyte preceded him and the two officers in charge made no move to interfere.
▪ I doubt there has been a more devoted acolyte of the economic gospel of Ronald Reagan than Mr Symington.
▪ Mr Segni's acolytes have collected more than 600,000 signatures in favour of his three referendums.
▪ Slowly he and his acolytes processed up the center aisle, carrying the small ball of flame.
▪ The services are very simple with the priest celebrating and two acolytes serving.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

altar boy \al"tar boy\, n. a boy who assists a priest at the clebration of the Holy Mass and other forms of public worship; -- also called acolyte.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "inferior officer in the church," from Old French acolite or directly from Medieval Latin acolytus (Late Latin acoluthos), from Greek akolouthos "following, attending on," literally "having one way," from a- "together with," copulative prefix, + keleuthose "a way, road, path, track," from PIE *qeleu- (cognates: Lithuanian kelias "way"). In late Old English as a Latin word.


n. 1 (context ecclesiastical English) 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. 2 An attendant, assistant or follower.


n. 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


In many Christin denominations, an acolyte is anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles. In others, the term is used for one who has been inducted into a particular liturgical ministry, even when not performing those duties.

Acolyte (disambiguation)

An acolyte in its original religious definition is one who assists a higher-ranking member of a church or cult.

The word may also refer to:

Acolyte (album)

Acolyte is the debut studio album by the English alternative dance band Delphic, released by Polydor Records on 11 January 2010. It was recorded mostly in Ewan Pearson's Berlin studio. The album was released in Australia and New Zealand on 22 January via Modular and in the United States on 29 June 2010 by Dangerbird Records.

Usage examples of "acolyte".

Isle of Glass seeking the cup, but to find my brother, but though there were many acolytes among the White Priests, Ancel was not among the acolytes.

One acolyte held a basin of water, and the priest dipped an aspergillum into the bowl and sprinkled a few drops over me.

The acolytes stumbled against one another in confusion, then one bearing a basin of water came forward to offer the aspergillum to the priestess.

The assembled circle of red-robed acolytes answered in ritual chant, and a rare metal chime sounded to signal the ending of the morning ceremony.

The crucifier instructed him to put it down, but instead the acolyte rushed at him and struck him in the face, the blow so fast and fierce the bigger man was felled.

At least two of his acolytes were needed as adjunct sources of mental energy if he was to be able to scan the sea over long distances, descrying the enemy vessels in pursuit.

The Fool was in his place behind the dolmen, the hermaphrodite and the horse stood like crazy acolytes to left and right of the stone.

First Acolyte Fakir sat most uncomfortably in a very unaccustomed place--the wrong side of his own field desk.

This First Acolyte Fakir did not fully understand, nor could he fully accept it.

First Acolyte Fakir burst into what had been his office, which, now that he shared it, he mostly avoided.

Kira followed, appalled, as Obanak and Lorem reverently ushered Weyoun from the holosuite as if they were his acolytes.

She traced the complex name, scrolled in naskhi script, which she had once found impossible to remember, but which she had now recited thoughtless times in the ceremonials which the Church of the Gateway demanded of its acolytes.

She traced the complex name, scrolled in naskhi script, which she had once found impossible to remember, but which she had now recited countless times in the ceremonials that the Church of the Gateway demanded of its acolytes.

The dwarf acolytes, giggling, peeping, nudging, ogling, Easterkissing, zigzag behind him.

Evidently familiar with the plan of the caverns by hearsay or by maps handed down in the priestcraft, he had entered the cave after the others, carrying the goddess, followed a circuitous route through the tunnels and chambers, and ensconced himself and his burden on the balcony while Gorulga and the other acolytes were engaged in their endless rituals.