Definitions for Missionaryˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis•sion•ar•y*ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ar•ies

  1. (n.)a person sent by a church into an area to carry on religious or humanitarian work.

    Category: Religion

  2. a person who attempts to persuade or convert others.

    Category: Religion

  3. (adj.)pertaining to religious missions.

    Category: Religion

  4. characteristic of a missionary.

    Category: Religion

* Also, mis′sion•er..

Origin of missionary:

1635–45; < NL missiōnārius. See mission , -ary

Princeton's WordNet

  1. missionary(noun)

    someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program

  2. missionary, missioner(adj)

    someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country

  3. missionary, missional(adj)

    relating to or connected to a religious mission

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. missionary(noun)ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i

    people who teach Christianity to people in other countries


  1. missionary(Noun)

    A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed.

  2. missionary(Noun)

    A religious messenger.

  3. missionary(Noun)

    A common position for undertaking sexual intercourse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Missionary

    one who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion

  2. Missionary(adj)

    of or pertaining to missions; as, a missionary meeting; a missionary fund


  1. Missionary

    A missionary is a member of a religious group sent into an area to do evangelism or ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care and economic development. The word "mission" originates from 1598 when the Jesuits sent members abroad, derived from the Latin missionem, meaning "act of sending" or mittere, meaning "to send". The word was used in light of its biblical usage; in the Latin translation of the Bible, Christ uses the word when sending the disciples to preach in his name. The term is most commonly used for Christian missions, but can be used for any creed or ideology.

Translations for Missionary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who is sent to teach and spread a particular religion.

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