From Late Latin acolythus, acoluthus, from Ancient Greek ἀκόλουθος (“follower, attendant”), from ἀ (copulative prefix) + κόλουθος (“track, path, road, way”), from Proto-Indo-European *qeleu (“stretch”) (see also Lithuanian kelias (“way”). Compare French acolyte
acolyte (plural acolytes)
- (ecclesiastical) One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic Church, being ordained to carry the wine, water and lights at Mass.
- An attendant, assistant or follower.
- (assistant): sidekick
acolyte m (plural acolytes)