from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The first martyr in a cause. Used especially of the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the first Christian martyrs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The first martyr; the first who suffers, or is sacrificed, in any cause; -- applied esp. to Stephen, the first Christian martyr.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first martyr; the first of any series of martyrs; the first who suffers or is sacrificed in any cause; specifically, Stephen, the earliest Christian martyr.
proto- + martyr (Wiktionary)