|1.||[ noun ] an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform|
"an apostle of revolution"
|2.||[ noun ] (religion,Christianity) any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people|
|Related terms:||Christian luke Paul mark Patrick|
|3.||[ noun ] (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel|
|Related terms:||Christian disciple Matthew James Andrew simon Judas Peter Thomas judas John New_Testament|