altar boy

 ; altar girl
   An altar boy or altar girl is a youngster who assists the priest and other celebrants in a liturgical service; ordinarily an altar boy or an altar girl is vested in an alb or cassock with surplice. Following Vatican Council II, altar girls have assisted in some Roman Catholic Churches.

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  • altar boy — altar boys N COUNT In the Roman Catholic church, an altar boy is a boy who helps the priest during Mass …   English dictionary

  • altar boy — al tar boy, n. a boy who assists a priest at the clebration of the Holy Mass and other forms of public worship; also called {acolyte}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • altar boy — n a boy who helps a Catholic priest during a church service …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • altar boy — altar ,boy noun count a boy who helps a priest in a religious service, especially in the Catholic Church …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • altar boy — ► NOUN ▪ a boy who acts as a priest s assistant during a service …   English terms dictionary

  • altar boy — n. a boy or man who acts as a server, esp. at Mass, but who has not been officially appointed or delegated to the ministry of acolyte …   English World dictionary

  • altar boy — noun a boy serving as an acolyte • Hypernyms: ↑male child, ↑boy, ↑acolyte * * * noun, pl ⋯ boys [count] : a boy who helps the priest during a Catholic service * * * ˈaltar boy 7 [altar boy] …   Useful english dictionary

  • altar boy — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms altar boy : singular altar boy plural altar boys a boy who helps a priest in a religious service, especially in the Catholic Church …   English dictionary

  • altar boy — /ˈɔltə bɔɪ/ (say awltuh boy), /ˈɒl / (say ol ) noun an altar attendant of minor rank; server; acolyte …   Australian English dictionary

  • altar boy — noun Date: 1772 a boy who assists the celebrant in a liturgical service …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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