• Acolyte
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acolyte One who attends; an assistant. "With such chiefs, and with James and John as acolytes ."
    • Acolyte (Eccl) One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic church, being ordained to carry the wine and water and the lights at the Mass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acolyte One who waits on a person; an attendant; an assistant.
    • n acolyte In the Roman Catholic Church, one ordained to the fourth and highest of the minor orders, ranking immediately below the subdeacon. See orders. His office is to serve those of the superior orders in the ministry of the altar, light the candles, prepare the wine and water, etc. The name is now commonly extended to the boys who exercise these offices without ordination.
    • n acolyte In astronomy, an attendant or accompanying star or other heavenly body; a satellite.
    • n acolyte Sometimes written acolyth, and formerly also acholithite, acolythe, acolythist, acolothist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acolyte ak′o-līt (R. C. Church) one ordained to the fourth of the minor orders, next to the sub-deacon.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. acolythus, acoluthus, Gr. following, attending: cf. F. acolyte,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. akolouthos, an attendant.


In literature:

Priest and acolytes were following the crucifix from the chancel.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
As befitted an acolyte of the Goddess of Wisdom, his dark, curly hair was cut rather long.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He was an acolyte sent forth with bowl and staff to beg for aid in certain temple repairs.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The friends and relations having assembled, several priests, deacons, and acolytes appeared, and the service commenced.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
Those guineapig murderers; those discoveryforgers; those whitesmocked acolytes in the temple of Yes.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Yes, I was an acolyte once.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
We've but the Prelate and the Acolyte.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Yea, wrap thy awful gulfs and acolytes Of lifted granite round with reachless snows.
"Many Gods" by Cale Young Rice
The night hours flitted through the heavy gloom like spectral acolytes.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He was not among the acolytes kneeling at the templates; nor was he in the cathedral of the shop.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The priest held a little silver crucifix on a base; near him were the acolytes bearing their various, utensils, and a choir of male singers.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
In stunned silence, Ra-sed, acolyte, listened to the bridal chant of the priests; the ancient words of the Dedication to the Dark One.
"Bride of the Dark One" by Florence Verbell Brown
A cardinal in a red robe came down the aisle, accompanied by a surpliced acolyte bearing a cup of oil.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
The genuflexions of the priests and acolytes were rapid.
"The Bright Shawl" by Joseph Hergesheimer
As an acolyte of the religion, you'll turn me over to them as a spy.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
They were the last unconsidered acolytes in a hierarchy of hopeless men.
"Command" by William McFee
Mirabeau was {241} one of his acolytes and adopted him as his theologian in ordinary.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
In addition to a garrison, he had a chapel and, for it, almoners, acolytes, choristers.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
The acolyte was the parish bell-ringer.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
The acolytes of the Black Robe had a free hand.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett

In poetry:

O coward soul! arouse thee and draw near,
Led by these fragrant acolytes to-day!
Let their sweet confidence rebuke thy fear,
Thy cold delay.
"Easter Lilies" by Susan Coolidge
And over the dead stands the high priest, Night,
Robed in his shadowy stole;
And beside him I kneel as his acolyte,
To respond to his prayer of dole.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Not with the stained-glass prophets, bearded grimly,
Not with the fledgling saved, meek Wisdom's lot,
Kissing a silver book that glimmers dimly,
For acolytes are mild and you are not.
"To Rosemary, On The Methods" by Stephen Vincent Benet
And when he came to Heaven's door,
To Peter's self or acolyte,
The holy warder looking o'er,
"'Tis 'Honest John!'" he said aright;
And his pilgrim spirit passed within
Because his walk with God had been.
"Honest John" by Hattie Howard
E'en like a dawn whose flush outlives the day;
E'en like a star that lives beyond the night;
As maid's remembrance of her bridal-day;
Or as his cult to mystic acolyte-
So is the memory of these things to me
Here on the verge of death, eternity.
"Remembrance" by John William Streets

In news:

Independent ad attacks Kaine as Obama acolyte .
The lawyer arrived in court with an acolyte in tow, an eager young attorney who looked at her with obvious admiration.
That should be the response of the Republican Party to all the post-election claptrap being gloatfully throated by Democrats, political pundits and their liberal acolytes in the mainstream media.
Less well known is that, as governor of Massachusetts, he was a smart-growth acolyte.
M-Theory by The Acolytes.
Roma Downey adeptly schmoozes the overflow crowd of acolytes waiting to suck up to her husband, Mark Burnett, himself a schmoozing all-star.
The end of the world came and went Saturday, earthquakes did not girdle the globe, 2 billion people did not die and in Boyes Hot Springs, Bill Tinker, the affable acolyte of doomsday predictor Harold Camping, expressed his confusion.
And their acolytes, pilgrims and fanatics don the ceremonial garb — Hawaiian shirts and pretzel necklaces — and get in line.
The city's David Bowie acolytes salute the none-more-glam icon.
Inner-Circle Acolyte, Then Appalled Outsider.
They say Obama's even now Wright's knight— A Christian pastor's Muslim acolyte.
There's been way, way too much follow-the-newsmaker reporting in recent weeks, with Obama's acolytes trailing the procession to the promised land of health and financial reform.
Several youth's installed as acolytes and crucifers at Defiance's Zion's Lutheran Church .
The dyed-in-blood Republican acolytes must feel as if they are on a political Ferris wheel.
Gift ideas for the NYC nightlife acolytes on your Christmas list.