- one of the 12 personal followers of Christ.
- one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1.
- any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.
verb (used with object), dis·ci·pled, dis·ci·pling.
Origin of disciple
Examples from the Web for disciple
Having a guru in a body does not necessarily help a disciple advance spiritually.
Self-realized masters can get stern and even appear angry if a disciple openly manifests some undesirable character trait.
The McConnell campaign has already launched attacks against the actress as too liberal, an Obama disciple, and anti-coal.Ashley Judd Really Can Win a Senate Run Against Mitch McConnell|Jonathan Miller|February 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The rally was organized by a disciple of Meir Kahane who sits in the Knesset, Michael Ben Ari.
Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, I was a disciple of Joe Paterno long before I became a Penn State student.Penn State Student: 'What Joe Paterno Taught Me About Heroes'|Kevin Cirilli|November 17, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Besides this major omission, it is of small account that he, just like his disciple, takes no notice of constant capital.The Accumulation of Capital|Rosa Luxemburg
He went to Athens and became a philosopher of the Cynic school, which see, as a disciple of Antisthenes.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
How shall the disciple verify his expectation of this final benefit?
When they had crossed the master desired the disciple to ask some parting blessing.
But as his disciple I ventured (by an exceptional motive) to send him my poems, and I heard from him as a consequence.The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846|Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for disciple
Word Origin for disciple
Word Origin and History for disciple
Old English discipul (fem. discipula), Biblical borrowing from Latin discipulus "pupil, student, follower," said to be from discere "to learn" [OED, Watkins], from a reduplicated form of PIE root *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent).
But according to Barnhart and Klein, from a lost compound *discipere "to grasp intellectually, analyze thoroughly," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + capere "to take, take hold of" (see capable). Cf. Latin capulus "handle" from capere. Sometimes glossed in Old English by þegn (see thane).