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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·ci·ple n.  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.
 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.