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altar boy

a male altar server.
Origin of altar boy
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • If you don't mind I'll stay outside in the hall, and rush in to act as altar-boy, when she agrees to 'vert.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • After some hesitation Weasel took the gun, holding it stiffly in front of him, as an altar-boy might a sacred thing.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • He served the mass, an altar-boy at the Convent of the Propagation, and revealed unpleasant traits of character.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • An assistant priest and a barefooted Mexican altar-boy stood framed in the arch of the ancient portal.

    Mariposilla Mary Stewart Daggett
  • How you ever got beyond being an altar-boy is more than I can see.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for altar-boy

altar boy

(RC Church, Church of England) a boy serving as an acolyte
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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