from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a group made up especially of the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus to preach the gospel.
  • n. A missionary of the early Christian Church.
  • n. A leader of the first Christian mission to a country or region.
  • n. One of the 12 members of the administrative council in the Mormon Church.
  • n. One who pioneers an important reform movement, cause, or belief: an apostle of conservation.
  • n. A passionate adherent; a strong supporter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A missionary, or leader of a religious mission, especially one in the early Christian Church (but see Apostle).
  • n. A pioneer or early advocate of a particular cause, prophet of a belief.
  • n. A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve seat administrative council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • n. A person who is plucked, i.e. refused an academic degree.
  • n. A letter dismissory.
  • n. A note sent to an appeal court presenting the appeal in summary.
  • n. The trial court record sent to an appeal court concerning an appeal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Literally: One sent forth; a messenger. Specifically: One of the twelve disciples of Christ, specially chosen as his companions and witnesses, and sent forth to preach the gospel.
  • n. The missionary who first plants the Christian faith in any part of the world; also, one who initiates any great moral reform, or first advocates any important belief; one who has extraordinary success as a missionary or reformer.
  • n. A brief letter dimissory sent by a court appealed from to the superior court, stating the case, etc.; a paper sent up on appeals in the admiralty courts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person sent to execute some important business: among the Jews of the Christian epoch, a title borne by persons sent on foreign missions, especially by those commissioned to collect the temple tribute; specifically adopted by Christ as the official title of twelve of his disciples chosen and sent forth to preach the gospel to the world (Luke vi. 13); afterward applied in the New Testament to others who performed apostolic functions, as Paul and Barnabas, and once to Christ himself (Heb. iii. 1).
  • n. In the Mormon Ch., the title of an official whose duty it is to be a special witness of the name of Christ, to build up and preside over the church, and to administer in all its ordinances.
  • n. In the liturgy of the early church, and in the modern Greek Church, the lesson from the epistles, usually taken from the writings of St. Paul; also, a book containing these lessons, printed in the order in which they are to be read.
  • n. In law, a brief statement of a case sent by a court whence an appeal has been taken to a superior court.
  • n. Nautical, a knighthead or bollard-timber where hawsers and heavy ropes are belayed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people
  • n. (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
  • n. an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English apostol and from Old French apostle, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos, messenger, from apostellein, to send off : apo-, apo- + stellein, to send; see stel- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old French apostle, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστολος (apostolos, "one sent forth, apostle").

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See apostil.



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