acolyte

[ ak-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈæk əˌlaɪt /

noun

an altar attendant in public worship.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a member of the highest-ranking of the four minor orders.
  2. the order itself.Compare exorcist(def 2), lector(def 2), ostiary(def 1).
any attendant, assistant, or follower.

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Origin of acolyte

1275–1325; Middle English acolite < Medieval Latin acolytus < Greek akólouthos follower, attendant, equivalent to a- prefix denoting association + -kolouthos, variant of kéleuthos road, journey
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acolyte

/ (ˈækəˌlaɪt) /

noun

a follower or attendant
Christianity an officer who attends or assists a priest

Word Origin for acolyte

C16: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Greek akolouthos a follower
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