Definition of disciple in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈsīpəl/


1A personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.
Example sentences
  • Jesus' apostles and disciples in the early Church felt the importance of prayer ahead of missionary activity.
  • As Christ said to his disciples, there are certain types of devils that can only be chased by fasting, sacrifice, and prayer.
  • This woman and this man were, in the most concrete way possible, the first disciples of Christ.
apostle, follower
1.1A follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher: a disciple of Rousseau
More example sentences
  • Those who had been disciples now became teachers, those who had been masters became pupils.
  • Pius II said of Catherine: ‘She seemed to have been a teacher rather than a disciple.’
  • All the great leaders, teachers and revolutionaries have been disciples of some degree, whether they were conscious of the fact or not.
follower, adherent, believer, admirer, devotee, acolyte, votary;
pupil, student, learner;
upholder, supporter, advocate, proponent, apologist



Pronunciation: /dəˈsīpəlˌSHip/
Example sentences
  • The best way to make disciples is to provide for discipleship experiences.
  • Discipleship is also reciprocal, that is, when one learns, he/she makes the commitment to train someone else.
  • How important is discipleship in the Christian life?


Pronunciation: /-ˈsipyələr/
Example sentences
  • He has absorbed the teachings of his Lord from the purest sources of the discipular lines, in India, Tibet and Nepal.
  • Indeed the significance of the kinship or discipular link to Tansen is related to the fact that for Muslim Hindustani musicians musical theory was coded in an essentially oral medium.


Old English, from Latin discipulus 'learner', from discere 'learn'; reinforced by Old French deciple.

Words that rhyme with disciple

archetypal, typal

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Syllabification: dis·ci·ple

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