What does apostle mean?

Definitions for apostle
əˈpɒs əlapos·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apostlenoun

    an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform

    "an apostle of revolution"

  2. Apostle, Apostelic Fathernoun

    any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people

  3. Apostlenoun

    (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel


  1. Apostlenoun

    One of the group of twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to preach and spread the Gospel

  2. Apostlenoun

    A top-ranking ecclesiastical official in the twelve-seat Mormon administrative council.

  3. Apostlenoun

    A rare transliteration of the Greek male given name u03C0u03CCu03C3u03C4u03BFu03BBu03BFu03C2 (usually transliterated as Apostolos).

  4. Etymology: See apostil.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. APOSTLEnoun

    A person sent with mandates by another. It is particularly applied to them whom our Saviour deputed to preach the gospel.

    Etymology: apostolus, Lat. ἀπόστολος.

    But all his mind is bent to holiness;
    His champions are the prophets and apostles. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    I am far from pretending infallibility; that would be to erect myself into an apostle: a presumption in any one that cannot confirm what he says by miracles. John Locke.

    We know but a small part of the notion of an apostle, by knowing barely that he is sent forth. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. apostle

    An apostle is a person who is chosen and sent on a mission to spread a particular message or teachings, especially one sent to disseminate the principles of Christianity by Jesus Christ. In a broader sense, an apostle can also refer to a strong advocate or supporter for a cause or ideology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apostlenoun

    literally: One sent forth; a messenger. Specifically: One of the twelve disciples of Christ, specially chosen as his companions and witnesses, and sent forth to preach the gospel

  2. Apostlenoun

    the missionary who first plants the Christian faith in any part of the world; also, one who initiates any great moral reform, or first advocates any important belief; one who has extraordinary success as a missionary or reformer; as, Dionysius of Corinth is called the apostle of France, John Eliot the apostle to the Indians, Theobald Mathew the apostle of temperance

  3. Apostlenoun

    a brief letter dimissory sent by a court appealed from to the superior court, stating the case, etc.; a paper sent up on appeals in the admiralty courts

  4. Etymology: [OE. apostle, apostel, postle, AS. apostol, L. apostolus, fr. Gr. messenger, one sent forth or away, fr. to send off or away; from + to send; akin to G. stellen to set, E. stall: cf. F. aptre, Of. apostre, apostle, apostele, apostole.]


  1. Apostle

    In the Latter Day Saint movement, an Apostle is a "special witness of the name of Jesus Christ who is sent to teach the principles of salvation to others." In many Latter Day Saint churches, an apostle is a priesthood office of high authority within the church hierarchy. In many churches, apostles may be members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the church. In most Latter Day Saint churches, modern-day apostles are considered to have the same status and authority as the Biblical apostles. In the Latter Day Saint tradition, apostles and prophets are believed to be the foundation of the church, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. The Articles of Faith, written by Joseph Smith, Jr., also mentions apostles: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apostle

    a-pos′l, n. one sent to preach the gospel: specially, one of the twelve disciples of Christ: the founder of the Christian Church in a country, e.g. Augustine, the apostle of the English; Columba, of the Scots; Boniface, of Germany, &c.: the principal champion or supporter of a new system, or of some cause: the highest in the fourfold ministry of the Catholic and Apostolic Church: one of the twelve officials forming a presiding high council in the Mormon Church.—ns. Apos′tleship, the office or dignity of an apostle; Apost′olate, the office of an apostle: leadership in a propaganda.—adjs. Apostol′ic, -al.—ns. Apostol′icism, profession of apostolicity; Apostolic′ity, the quality of being apostolic—Apostles' creed, the oldest form of Christian creed that exists, early ascribed to the apostles, and indeed substantially, if not strictly, apostolic; Apostle spoons, silver spoons with handles ending in figures of the apostles, a common baptismal present in the 16th and 17th centuries; Apostles, Teaching of the Twelve—often called merely the Didachē (Gr. 'teaching')—the title of a treatise discovered in 1883 on Christian doctrine and government, closely connected with the last two books (vii.-viii.) of the Apostolic Constitutions.—Apostolic Constitutions and Canons, notes of ecclesiastical customs held to be apostolical, written in the form of apostolic precepts, and erroneously ascribed by tradition to Clement of Rome; Apostolic Fathers, the immediate disciples and fellow-labourers of the apostles, more especially those who have left writings behind them (Barnabas, Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Hermas, Polycarp); Apostolic see, the see of Rome; Apostolic Vicar, the cardinal representing the Pope in extraordinary missions.—Apostolical succession, the derivation of holy orders by an assumed unbroken chain of transmission from the apostles through their natural successors, the bishops—the theory of the Catholic Church: the assumption that a ministry so ordained enjoy the succession of apostolic powers and privileges. [Gr.; one sent away, apo, away, stell-ein, to send.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. apostle

    1. A machine for recording a lie. 2. A person who has grown round-shouldered from following the spoor of another. 3. A lickspittle needed by philosophers in their business.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Apostle is ranked #66371 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Apostle surname appeared 298 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Apostle.

    88.2% or 263 total occurrences were White.
    5.7% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.3% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.6% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for apostle »

  1. ale post

  2. aseptol

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apostle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apostle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of apostle in a Sentence

  1. Phil Robertson:

    No regrets at all – none, i just went on. I never called AE and said, ‘What are you doing?’ I never said a word when they came to visit me about 10 days after this all went down. I said, ‘Guys, did y’all ever hear from me with some kind of irate phone call? ‘Cause you were firing me?’ They said, ‘Mr. Robertson, you never said a word.’ … I quoted a Bible verse that dealt with homosexual behavior. I just quoted the Bible verse that God had written through Paul the Apostle by the power of the Holy Spirit… I didn’t dream it off the top of my head. It didn’t go any further than that.

  2. Phil Robertson:

    The Apostle Paul told Timothy that whoever lives a godly life in Christ will be persecuted, so we take persecution as a badge of honor. It doesn’t bother us at all. We just take it in and say, ‘I don’t hold anyone against it.’ Instead, we focus on telling others about Jesus and keep moving.

  3. John Piper:

    The Apostle Paul is probably writing to be read by government officials as well as by the church in Rome, the Apostle Paul knows that this letter will find its way into Caesar's household and into the hands of the civil authorities. The Apostle Paul wants them to understand two truths. One is that Christians are not out to overthrow the empire politically by claiming Jesus, and not Caesar, is Lord.

  4. Russell Moore:

    Billy Graham was, in my view, the most important evangelist since the Apostle Paul. Billy Graham preached Christ, not himself, not politics, not prosperity, what Billy Graham taught us is all summed up in the invitation hymn sing at Billy Graham crusades across the nation : ‘ Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me, ’.

  5. Ken Rosenfeld:

    We will return the apostle to his flock, five million faithful stand behind a wrongly accused man.

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