"apostles" Definition

Definitions for the word "apostles" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. slang
THE TWELVE, the last twelve names on the Poll, or “Ordinary Degree” List at the Cambridge Examinations, when it was arranged in order of merit, and not alphabetically, and in classes, as at present; so called from their being _post alios_, after the others.—_See_ POLL. The last of all was called ST. PAUL (or Saint Poll), as being the least of the apostles, and “not meet to be called an apostle” (_see_ 1 Cor. xv. 9). As in the “Honour” list (_see_ GULF), students who had failed only slightly in one or more subjects were occasionally allowed their degrees, and these were termed ELEGANT EXTRACTS.—_Camb. Univ. Slang._
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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