from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slave serving in an ancient temple, as in Greece or Anatolia, in the service of a specific deity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A temple slave, often one performing religious prostitution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a slave dedicated to the service of a divinity; a temple servant or attendant.
Late Latin hierodūlus, from Greek hierodoulos : hieron, temple (from neuter of hieros, holy; see eis- in Indo-European roots) + doulos, slave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἱερόδουλος (hierodoulos), from ἱερός (hieros, "sacred") + δοῦλος (doulos, "slave"). (Wiktionary)