From Middle English disciple, discipul, from Old English discipul (“disciple, scholar”), from Latin discipulus (“pupil, learner”). Later influenced or superseded in Middle English by Old French deciple.
disciple (plural disciples)
- A person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others.
- An active follower or adherent of someone, or some philosophy etc.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Matthew 9:10:
- And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 4, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.
- (Ireland) A wretched, miserable-looking man.
- (religion, transitive) To convert (a person) into a disciple.
- (religion, transitive) To train, educate, teach.
- disciple in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- disciple in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
disciple m (plural disciples)