hierodule

[ hahy-er-uh-dool, -dyool, hahy-ruh- ]
/ ˈhaɪ ər əˌdul, -ˌdyul, ˈhaɪ rə- /

noun

a slave in service in an ancient Greek temple.

QUIZZES

WHO SAID IT: A QUIZ ON PRESIDENTIAL WIT AND WISDOM

Think you know your presidents? Take this quiz and see if you can match the style, wit, and ideology of these memorable lines to the right POTUS.
Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Origin of hierodule

1825–35; <Greek hieródoulos temple slave, equivalent to hieró(n) temple + doúlos slave

OTHER WORDS FROM hierodule

hi·er·o·du·lic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for hierodule

hierodule
/ (ˈhaɪərəˌdjuːl) /

noun

(in ancient Greece) a temple slave, esp a sacral prostitute

Derived forms of hierodule

hierodulic, adjective

Word Origin for hierodule

C19: from Greek hierodoulos, from hiero- + doulos slave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012