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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-uh-lahyt]
    • /ˈæk əˌlaɪt/
    • /ˈæk.əl.aɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-uh-lahyt]
    • /ˈæk əˌlaɪt/

Definitions of acolyte word

  • countable noun acolyte An acolyte is a follower or assistant of an important person. 3
  • countable noun acolyte An acolyte is someone who assists a priest in performing certain religious services. 3
  • noun acolyte a follower or attendant 3
  • noun acolyte an officer who attends or assists a priest 3
  • noun acolyte in some Christian churches 3
  • noun acolyte one of the four minor orders, the special function of which is to serve at the Eucharist 3

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Origin of acolyte

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English acolite < Medieval Latin acolytus < Greek akólouthos follower, attendant, equivalent to a- prefix denoting association + -kolouthos, variant of kéleuthos road, journey

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acolyte popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acolyte

noun acolyte

  • follower — a person or thing that follows.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • helper — a person or thing that helps or gives assistance, support, etc.
  • assistant — Assistant is used in front of titles or jobs to indicate a slightly lower rank. For example, an assistant director is one rank lower than a director in an organization.
  • attendant — An attendant is someone whose job is to serve or help people in a place such as a petrol station, a car park, or a cloakroom.

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