(In ancient times) a slave living in a temple and dedicated to the service of a god.
More example sentences
- Bring here a hierodule from the temple that her arts may overpower this man.
- As the embodiment of Goddess the hierodule conjoined in the sacred marriage with the king or priest, and this ritual became intertwined with the fecundity of nature.
- Arsay has displeased me and that I have found someone else whom I wish to be the hierodule.
mid 19th century: from late Latin hierodulus, from Greek hierodoulos, from hieron 'temple' + doulos 'slave'.