Apostle spoon
Apostle A*pos"tle, n. [OE. apostle, apostel, postle, AS. apostol, L. apostolus, fr. Gr. ? messenger, one sent forth or away, fr. ? to send off or away; ? from + ? to send; akin to G. stellen to set, E. stall: cf. F. ap[^o]tre, Of. apostre, apostle, apostele, apostole.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

He called unto him his disciples, and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. --Luke vi. 13. [1913 Webster]

Note: The title of apostle is also applied to others, who, though not of the number of the Twelve, yet were equal with them in office and dignity; as, ``Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ.'' --1 Cor. i. 1. In --Heb. iii. 1, the name is given to Christ himself, as having been sent from heaven to publish the gospel. In the primitive church, other ministers were called apostles --(Rom. xvi. 7). [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Civ. & Admiralty Law) 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. --Wharton. Burrill. [1913 Webster]

{Apostles' creed}, a creed of unknown origin, which was formerly ascribed to the apostles. It certainly dates back to the beginning of the sixth century, and some assert that it can be found in the writings of Ambrose in the fourth century.

{Apostle spoon} (Antiq.), a spoon of silver, with the handle terminating in the figure of an apostle. One or more were offered by sponsors at baptism as a present to the godchild. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Apostle spoon — An apostle spoon is a spoon (usually silver or silver plated, but sometimes of other metals, such as pewter) with an image of an apostle or other Christian religious figure as the termination of the handle, each bearing his distinctive emblem.… …   Wikipedia

  • Apostle spoon — a spoon having at the end of the handle the figure of one of the 12 apostles, formerly given as a christening present. [1605 15] * * * ▪ utensil       spoon for personal use at table, the handle of which is surmounted by a small figure of an… …   Universalium

  • apostle spoon — noun a spoon (usually silver) with an image of an Apostle or other Christian religious figure as the termination of the handle …   Wiktionary

  • apostle spoon — noun : a silver spoon with the handle terminating in the figure of an apostle formerly often presented by sponsors at baptism to the godchild …   Useful english dictionary

  • Apostle spoon — noun a teaspoon with the figure of an Apostle or saint on the handle …   English new terms dictionary

  • apostle spoon — /əˈpɒsəl spun/ (say uh posuhl spoohn) noun a silver spoon with a figure of one of the Apostles at the end of the handle; formerly a common christening present …   Australian English dictionary

  • Apostle — A*pos tle, n. [OE. apostle, apostel, postle, AS. apostol, L. apostolus, fr. Gr. ? messenger, one sent forth or away, fr. ? to send off or away; ? from + ? to send; akin to G. stellen to set, E. stall: cf. F. ap[^o]tre, Of. apostre, apostle,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apostle Spoons — • A set of thirteen spoons, usually silver, the handles of which are adorned with representations of Our Lord (the Master spoon) and the twelve Apostles Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Apostle Spoons     Apostle Spoons …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Spoon — This article is about the utensil. For other uses, see Spoon (disambiguation). Spoons from Pompeii displayed at Naples Nationa …   Wikipedia

  • Spoons, Apostle — • A set of thirteen spoons, usually silver, the handles of which are adorned with representations of Our Lord (the Master spoon) and the twelve Apostles Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”