- A person who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service.
- A person who is an admirer or follower of someone, especially of a religious leader.
Late middle english: via old french from late latin acolythus, from greek akolouthos, from a- 'together with' + kalein 'to accompany'. the original sense was "companion, attendant".
- The altar boys were all dressed as acolytes for the Mass.
- The guru had many acolytes who would do anything for him.
- The acolyte lit the candles at the altar.
- She was an acolyte of the famous novelist and had studied all of her works.
- The young man was an acolyte of the famous pianist and hoped to emulate his success.