apostle

[ uh-pos-uhl ]
/ əˈpɒs əl /

noun

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Origin of apostle

First recorded before 950; Middle English apostle, apostol, apostul, apostle, from Old English apostol and Old French apostle, from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apóstolos “one who is sent out,” derivative of apostéllein “to send off,” equivalent to preposition and preverb apo, apo- “away, away from” + stéllein “to send, dispatch”; see also apo-

OTHER WORDS FROM apostle

a·pos·tle·hood, a·pos·tle·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for apostle

apostle
/ (əˈpɒsəl) /

noun

(often capital) one of the 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
any prominent Christian missionary, esp one who first converts a nation or people
an ardent early supporter of a cause, reform movement, etc
Mormon Church a member of a council of twelve officials appointed to administer and preside over the Church

Word Origin for apostle

Old English apostol, from Church Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos a messenger, from apostellein to send forth
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