The twelve disciples
Disciple Dis*ci"ple, n. [OE. disciple, deciple, OF. disciple, fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere to learn (akin to docere to teach; see {Docile}) + prob. a root meaning to turn or drive, as in L. pellere to drive (see {Pulse}).] One who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a learner; especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher; an adherent in doctrine; as, the disciples of Plato; the disciples of our Savior. [1913 Webster]

{The disciples}, or {The twelve disciples}, the twelve selected companions of Jesus; -- also called {the apostles}.

{Disciples of Christ}. See {Christian}, n., 3, and {Campbellite}.

Syn: Learner; scholar; pupil; follower; adherent. [1913 Webster]


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