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(from Latin: discipulus, pupil, from discere, to learn, also denotes disciplined learning by a follower. From discipline: training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.

Commonly used to denote

1. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another, or an active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.

2. Often Disciple One of the original followers of Jesus Christ, or disciple, simply a member of the followers of Christ and his teaching.

3. Original Biblical usage in the Greek New Testament is distinctly different from the Latin understanding. Greek: Mathetis, in originally simply meant a pupil or someone who learns from matheno. With regards to Jesus's original fellowship, it refers to a close continual teacher/student relationship where learning is greatly emphasised.