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Topic: RELIGION

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: acolite, from Medieval Latin acoluthus, from Greek, 'following', from keleuthos 'path'

acolyte

noun
     
ac‧o‧lyte [countable]
1 formal someone who serves a leader or believes in their ideas
2RR someone who helps a priest at a religious ceremony
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