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, 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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  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.

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

  3. minister(Noun)

    At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador

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

  4. minister(Noun)

    Someone who serves others.

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

  5. minister(Verb)

    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. Minister(noun)

    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. Minister(noun)

    an officer of justice

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

  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

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

  4. Minister(noun)

    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. 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

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

  6. Minister(noun)

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

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

  7. Minister(verb)

    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. Minister(verb)

    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.

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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How to say minister in sign language?

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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. Wan Azizah:

    We want to change the government and the institution of governance that is giving the prime minister ways and means to abuse it.

  2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Can I guarantee that my speech in Congress will prevent a dangerous deal with Iran from being signed? Honestly, I don't know, but I do know this — it's my sacred duty as prime minister of Israel to make Israel's case.

  3. Saleh Ghalma:

    We demand to have one prime minister with only two deputies.

  4. Marco Tulio:

    There is no relation between these things. Yes, the minister has come with this argument, and he has well-founded arguments for the case he is making. But this has no relation with the other topics of negotiation here, yesterday we had a long meeting and he at no point established this link. These things are not linked. This negotiation is happening in parallel.

  5. Sean Ryan:

    Our question is has the Environment Minister properly applied this legal obligation when considering the impacts of burning coal from this mine on the Great Barrier Reef?

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