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minister

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noun min·is·ter \ˈmi-nə-stər\

Definition of minister

  1. 1 :  agent

  2. 2 a :  one officiating or assisting the officiant in church worship b :  a clergyman especially of a Protestant communion

  3. 3 a :  the superior of one of several religious orders —called also minister-general b :  the assistant to the rector or the bursar of a Jesuit house

  4. 4 :  a high officer of state entrusted with the management of a division of governmental activities

  5. 5 a :  a diplomatic representative (as an ambassador) accredited to the court or seat of government of a foreign state b :  a diplomatic representative ranking below an ambassador

Examples of minister in a sentence

  1. <the British ministers at the international peace conference>

  2. <our minister gives an interesting sermon every week>

Origin and Etymology of minister

Middle English ministre, from Anglo-French, from Latin minister servant; akin to Latin minor smaller


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


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minister

verb min·is·ter

Definition of minister

ministered

ministering

\-st(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to function as a minister of religion

  3. 2 :  to give aid or service <minister to the sick>

14th Century

First Known Use of minister

14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



MINISTER Defined for English Language Learners

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minister

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noun min·is·ter \ˈmi-nə-stər\

Definition of minister for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose job involves leading church services, performing religious ceremonies (such as marriages), and providing spiritual or religious guidance to other people : a member of the clergy in some Protestant churches

  • : an official who heads a government department or a major section of a department in some countries (such as Britain)

  • : a person who represents his or her own government while living in a foreign country


MINISTER Defined for Kids

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minister

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noun min·is·ter \ˈmi-nə-stər\

Definition of minister for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who performs religious ceremonies especially in Protestant church services

  2. 2 :  a government official at the head of a section of government activities <minister of education>

  3. 3 :  a person who represents his or her government in a foreign country


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minister

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verb min·is·ter

Definition of minister for Students

ministered

ministering

  1. :  to give help or care <minister to the sick>



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