ETYM Old Eng. disciple, deciple, Old Fren. disciple, from Latin discipulus, from discere to learn (akin to docere to teach; see Docile) + prob. a root meaning to turn or drive, as in Latin pellere to drive (see Pulse).
Someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another; SYN. adherent.
Follower, especially of a religious leader. The word is used in the Bible for the early followers of Jesus. The 12 disciples closest to him are known as the apostles.