altar boy

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Origin of altar boy

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of altar boy

  • How you ever got beyond being an altar-boy is more than I can see.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

  • After some hesitation Weasel took the gun, holding it stiffly in front of him, as an altar-boy might a sacred thing.

  • He served the mass, an altar-boy at the Convent of the Propagation, and revealed unpleasant traits of character.


    James Huneker

  • If you don't mind I'll stay outside in the hall, and rush in to act as altar-boy, when she agrees to 'vert.

    The Art of Disappearing

    John Talbot Smith

  • An assistant priest and a barefooted Mexican altar-boy stood framed in the arch of the ancient portal.


    Mary Stewart Daggett

British Dictionary definitions for altar boy

altar boy

  1. RC Church Church of England a boy serving as an acolyte
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