Definition of acolyte :
1. One who attends; an assistant.
2. One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic church, being ordained to carry the wine and water and the lights at the Mass.
assistant (part of speech: noun)
auxiliary, patsy, abettor, henchman, hireling, aider, proxy, junior, benefactor, attendant, adjunct, underling, functionary, flunky, assistant, accessory, chaperone, backer, attorney, accomplice, helpmate, agent, aide, helper, servant, employee, aide-de-camp, laborer, ancillary, stooge, minion, partner, subordinate, lieutenant, follower, associate, deputy, menial, second, extra
deputy (part of speech: noun)
dummy, alternate, envoy, spokeswoman, spokesman, representative, assignee, nominee, stand-in, arm, appointee, emissary, surrogate, double, token, ghost, substitute, understudy, backup, delegate, figurehead, mouthpiece
- " I did; but when I found the priest would not assist me at first, and admit that the acolyte was a girl, I preferred to let him think I was deceived in giving a fortune to another, and leave it to his own conscience to permit it or frustrate it. - "On the Frontier", Bret Harte.
- But the red and white boy was too much for me; then his name- Acolyte- I never heard anything like it." - "Phemie Frost's Experiences", Ann S. Stephens.
- His superior, the patriarch, had entrusted him with an important mission to Amru or his lieutenant, and yet he could let the Vekeel wait in vain, and not even send him a message of explanation; in the afternoon, however, his old housekeeper dispatched the acolyte who was attached to his person to seek Philippus. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.