Definitions for ministerˈmɪn ə stər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curate, minister of religion, minister, parson, pastor, rector(noun)

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

    "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"

  2. minister, government minister(noun)

    a person appointed to a high office in the government

    "Minister of Finance"

  3. minister, diplomatic minister(noun)

    a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador

  4. minister(verb)

    the job of a head of a government department

  5. minister(verb)

    attend to the wants and needs of others

    "I have to minister to my mother all the time"

  6. minister(verb)

    work as a minister

    "She is ministering in an old parish"


  1. minister(Noun)

    A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church.

    The minister said a prayer on behalf of the entire congregation.

  2. minister(Noun)

    A politician who heads a ministry (national or regional government department for public service).

    He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.

  3. minister(Noun)

    At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador

  4. minister(Noun)

    Someone who serves others.

  5. minister(Verb)

    To attend to; to tend.

    A newspaper headline: Couple leaves business world to minister to inner-city children

  6. Origin: From ministre, from ministre, from minister, from minor + -ter; see minor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minister(noun)

    a servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument

  2. Minister(noun)

    an officer of justice

  3. Minister(noun)

    one to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs

  4. Minister(noun)

    a representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business

  5. Minister(noun)

    one who serves at the altar; one who performs sacerdotal duties; the pastor of a church duly authorized or licensed to preach the gospel and administer the sacraments

  6. Minister(noun)

    to furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer

  7. Minister(verb)

    to act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular

  8. Minister(verb)

    to supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies

  9. Origin: [OE. ministren, OF. ministrer, fr. L. ministrare. See Minister, n.]


  1. Minister

    A minister is a politician who holds significant public office in a national or regional government, making and implementing decisions on policies in conjunction with the other ministers. Some ministers are more senior than others, and are usually members of the government's cabinet. In some countries the head of government is designated the "prime minister". In some countries and territories, including Hong Kong, the Philippines, the UK, and the US, holders of some posts equivalent to ministries are called secretaries of state, sometimes referred to simply as secretaries. The term "minister" is also used in diplomacy with the quite different meaning of second-level diplomats. Another use, again quite distinct, is in religion, where some Christian denominations have a low-ranking office of "minister". This is distinct from a government minister with responsibility for religion, such as the Israeli Minister of Religious Services.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minister' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #344

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minister' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1286

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minister' in Nouns Frequency: #79

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