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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Old French apostle, from Late Latin apostolus, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστολος (apóstolos, one sent forth, apostle). Displaced Old English apostol, borrowing from the same Latin source.


apostle (plural apostles)

  1. A missionary, or leader of a religious mission, especially one in the early Christian Church (but see Apostle).
  2. A pioneer or early advocate of a particular cause, prophet of a belief.
  3. A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve seat administrative council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  4. (obsolete, Cambridge slang) A person who is plucked, i.e. refused an academic degree.[1]
Derived terms[edit]
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Etymology 2[edit]

See apostil.


apostle (plural apostles)

  1. (law) A letter dismissory.
  2. (law) A note sent to an appeal court presenting the appeal in summary.
  3. (law) The trial court record sent to an appeal court concerning an appeal.


  1. ^ John S. Farmer & W. E. Henley, Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present, →ISBN, https://books.google.com/books?id=tNttOhz6_s8C


Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


Borrowed from Late Latin apostolus, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστολος (apóstolos, one sent forth, apostle).


apostle m (oblique plural apostles, nominative singular apostles, nominative plural apostle)

  1. apostle
    • circa 1100,, Chanson de Roland:
      Recleimet Deu e l’apostle de Rome
      Imploring God and the apostle of Rome