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ac·o·lyte

 (ăk′ə-līt′)
n.
1. A person who assists the celebrant in the performance of liturgical rites.
2. A devoted follower or attendant.

[Middle English acolit, from Old French, from Medieval Latin acolytus, from Greek akolouthos, attendant; see anacoluthon.]

acolyte

(ˈækəˌlaɪt)
n
1. a follower or attendant
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity an officer who attends or assists a priest
[C16: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Greek akolouthos a follower]

ac•o•lyte

(ˈæk əˌlaɪt)

n.
1. an altar attendant in public worship; altar boy.
2. any attendant, assistant, or follower.
[1275–1325; Middle English< Medieval Latin acolytus < Greek akólouthos follower, attendant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acolyte - someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical serviceacolyte - someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
altar boy - a boy serving as an acolyte
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
thurifer - an acolyte who carries a thurible
Holy Order, Order - (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy; "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"

acolyte

noun
1. follower, fan, supporter, pupil, convert, believer, admirer, backer, partisan, disciple, devotee, worshipper, apostle, cohort (chiefly U.S.), fan club (informal), adherent, henchman, habitué, votary To his acolytes, he is known simply as 'The Boss'.
2. attendant, assistant, follower, helper, altar boy When they reached the shrine, acolytes removed the pall.
Translations

acolyte

[ˈækəʊlaɪt] N
1. (Rel) → acólito m, monaguillo m
2. (fig) → acólito/a m/f

acolyte

[ˈækəlaɪt] n
(secular)acolyte m
(religious)acolyte m

acolyte

n (Eccl) (Catholic) → Akoluth m; (Protestant: = server) → Messdiener(in) m(f), → Ministrant(in) m(f); (fig)Gefolgsmann m/-frau f

acolyte

[ˈækəʊlaɪt] n (Rel) (liter) → accolito
References in classic literature ?
When the time came to hold above the heads of Luigi and Ginevra the symbol of eternal union,--that yoke of satin, white, soft, brilliant, light for some, lead for most,--the priest looked about him in vain for the acolytes whose place it was to perform that joyous function.
With large gestures and in the emphatic tone which made what he said so striking, Athelny described to Philip the Spanish cathedrals with their vast dark spaces, the massive gold of the altar-pieces, and the sumptuous iron-work, gilt and faded, the air laden with incense, the silence: Philip almost saw the Canons in their short surplices of lawn, the acolytes in red, passing from the sacristy to the choir; he almost heard the monotonous chanting of vespers.
Father Seraphim, the deacon, the acolytes, and Sofya Ivanovna, a lady who always lived near the hermitage and tended Father Sergius, begged him to bring the service to an end.
Even the two acolytes and the fly-flapping maid ate after him, leaving the debris for the several old women.
1) O when the flying foe, Turning at last to bay, Soon will give blow for blow, Might I behold the fray; Hear the loud battle roar Swell, on the Pythian shore, Or by the torch-lit bay, Where the dread Queen and Maid Cherish the mystic rites, Rites they to none betray, Ere on his lips is laid Secrecy's golden key By their own acolytes, Priestly Eumolpidae.
His fingers traveled mechanically over the worn keys of his instrument; he did not trouble himself over a false note now and again (a canard , in the language of the orchestra), neither did the dancers, nor, for that matter, did my old Italian's acolytes; for I had made up my mind that he must be Italian, and an Italian he was.
As to the minor priests and acolytes of that temple, the result of all this was that they stood divided into two classes, and, down to the junior messenger, either believed in the Circumlocution Office as a heaven-born institution that had an absolute right to do whatever it liked; or took refuge in total infidelity, and considered it a flagrant nuisance.
He was a priest, austere, grave, morose; one charged with souls; monsieur the archdeacon of Josas, the bishop's second acolyte, having charge of the two deaneries of Montlhéry, and Châteaufort, and one hundred and seventy-four country curacies.
Waldron in particular, but that you may not lose your sense of proportion and mistake the acolyte for the high priest."
"Now," hastily interrupted the Jesuit, on seeing that his acolyte was going astray, "now your thesis would please the ladies; it would have the success of one of Monsieur Patru's pleadings."
It was the function of the chief executioner to hold forth, and it was the function of the acolyte to dart at sleeping infants, yawning infants, restless infants, whimpering infants, and smooth their wretched faces; sometimes with one hand, as if he were anointing them for a whisker; sometimes with both hands, applied after the fashion of blinkers.
We may all despise the politics of hate and division which characterise Farage and his acolytes but let's not underestimate the damage done to the integrity of Welsh politics by the likes of Messrs Davies and Elis Thomas, among others.