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ac•o•lyte



Pronunciation: (ak'u-līt"), [key]
n.
1. an altar attendant in public worship; altar boy.
2. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. a member of the highest-ranking of the four minor orders.
b. the order itself. Cf. exorcist (def. 2), lector (def. 2), ostiary (def. 1).
3. any attendant, assistant, or follower.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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