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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia
A term applied in the primitive Church to the newly baptized—"newly grafted" (which the word means) into Christianity. It was customary for them to wear white garments at their Baptism and for eight days after. The word is still frequently used.
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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Neophyte'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/n/neophyte.html. 1901.