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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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||acolyte - 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
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'.