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Meaning of ACOLYTE

Pronunciation:  'aku`lIt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  one who assists a minister in a liturgical service

ACOLYTE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: altar boy, assistant, help, helper, supporter, thurifer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ac`o*lyte\, n. [LL. acolythus, acoluthus, Gr. ?
following, attending: cf. F. acolyte.]
1. (Eccl.) 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.'' --Motley.

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