from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who assists the celebrant in the performance of liturgical rites.
- n. A devoted follower or attendant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic Church, being ordained to carry the wine, water and lights at Mass.
- n. An attendant, assistant or follower.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One who attends; an assistant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who waits on a person; an attendant; an assistant.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, one ordained to the fourth and highest of the minor orders, ranking immediately below the subdeacon. See orders.
- n. In astronomy, an attendant or accompanying star or other heavenly body; a satellite.
- n. Sometimes written acolyth, and formerly also acholithite, acolythe, acolythist, acolothist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
Middle English acolit, from Old French, from Medieval Latin acolytus, from Greek akolouthos, attendant; see anacoluthon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin acolythus, acoluthus, from Ancient Greek ἀκόλουθος ("follower, attendant"): compare French acolyte (Wiktionary)