Definitions of apostle

  1. ( New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
  2. any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. One charged with a high mission; one of the twelve persons specially selected by Christ to teach his gospel.- Luke vi. 13; the first missionary who plants the Christian faith in any region; one who labors with special success as a moral or social reformer.
  7. One sent to preach, the Gospel: specially, one of the twelve disciples of Christ.
  8. One sent by the Saviour to preach the Gospel; a missionary.
  9. One of the twelve expressly commissioned by Christ to preach the Gospel; one sent on or dedicated to some high mission; an early or first missionary. Apostles Creed, a confession of faith, supposed to have been drawn up by the Apostles themselves.
  10. A person sent to perform important business; one of the immediate followers of Christ.