What does Minister mean?

Definitions for Minister
ˈmɪn ə stərMin·is·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Minister.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. curate, minister of religion, minister, parson, pastor, rectornoun

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

    "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"

  2. minister, government ministernoun

    a person appointed to a high office in the government

    "Minister of Finance"

  3. minister, diplomatic ministernoun

    a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador

  4. ministerverb

    the job of a head of a government department

  5. ministerverb

    attend to the wants and needs of others

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

  6. ministerverb

    work as a minister

    "She is ministering in an old parish"

Wiktionary

  1. ministernoun

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

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

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

  2. ministernoun

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

    He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.

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

  3. ministernoun

    At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador

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

  4. ministernoun

    Someone who serves others.

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

  5. ministerverb

    To attend to; to tend.

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ministernoun

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

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

  2. Ministernoun

    an officer of justice

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

  3. Ministernoun

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

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

  4. Ministernoun

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

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

  5. Ministernoun

    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

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

  6. Ministernoun

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

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

  7. Ministerverb

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

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

  8. Ministerverb

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

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Minister

    min′is-tėr, n. a servant: one who serves at the altar: a clergyman: one transacting business for another: the responsible head of a department of state affairs: the representative of a government at a foreign court.—v.i. to act as a servant: to perform duties: to supply or do things needful.—v.t. to furnish:—pr.p. min′istering; pa.p. min′istered.adj. Ministē′rial, pertaining to the work of a servant: acting under superior authority: pertaining to the office of a minister: clerical: executive.—n. Ministē′rialist, one who supports ministers or the government in office.—adv. Ministē′rially.—adj. Min′istering, attending and serving.—n. Ministē′rium, the body of the ordained ministers in a district.—adj. Min′istrant, administering: attendant.—n. Ministrā′tion, the act of ministering or performing service: office or service of a minister.—adj. Min′istrātive, serving to aid or assist: ministering.—ns. Min′istress, a female minister; Min′istry, act of ministering: service: office or duties of a minister: the clergy: the clerical profession: the body of ministers who manage the business of the country. [L.,—minor, less.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. minister

    A minister, though termed plenipotentiary, has no power to grant protection to vessels or cargoes otherwise subject to the operations and laws of hostilities.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. minister

    Is one who acts not by any inherent authority of his own, but under another. Thus, in England all ministers act under a supreme authority, which is vested in the sovereign, lords, and commons, to whom they are responsible. In military matters, there is not only a war minister, but a secretary at war, who likewise acts conjointly with the secretary of state. All dispatches and papers of consequence relating to the army must first pass through the secretary of state, and the war minister, before they are laid before Parliament, or otherwise acted upon by the secretary at war. The common arrangements of corps, directions with respect to marching, are transmitted to the secretary at war, and to the quartermaster-general’s office, without previously passing through the secretary of state, or war minister. See Secretary of War.

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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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Minister in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Minister in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Minister in a Sentence

  1. Doyle Bradford:

    I consider myself a Christian who loves America, but what we've got going on in the Earth today is, if a Christian does love America, they're automatically called nationalist, i do not believe that America is any greater in the eyes of God than any other country. But as a minister of the Gospel, I do not want to be shut out of the public arena. I do have freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and it is my personal belief that America is going in a direction that will cause great harm to America.

  2. Bernadette Meehan:

    As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country, accordingly, the president will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress.

  3. Stephen Harper:

    I'm very grateful that both the American president and the Canadian prime minister support us in this endeavor.

  4. Professor Mark Kenny:

    In 2008, then prime minister Kevin Rudd managed to convince Australians that even if they could not understand the scale and duration of the financial meltdown, their government did. Mr Morrison on the other hand, seems unsure and has failed to inspire confidence.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    I know that the politics around trade can be hard in both our countries, but I know that Prime Minister Abe, like me, is deeply committed to getting this done. And I'm confident we will.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. motile
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    • C. usurious
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