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foreign minister

(in countries other than the U.S.) a cabinet minister who conducts and supervises foreign and diplomatic relations with other states.
Also called, especially British, foreign secretary.
Compare secretary of state (def 1).
Origin of foreign minister
First recorded in 1700-10
Related forms
foreign ministry, noun Unabridged
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  • “I sincerely hope that you will be successful,” declared the foreign minister.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • Both the foreign minister and our ambassador in Vienna knew him and valued him.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The hotel of the foreign minister at Paris was besieged with princes and their envoys.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • "I called at the Foreign Office to-day," said the foreign minister.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • foreign minister von Jagow: I have nothing to add to my answer.

British Dictionary definitions for foreign minister

foreign minister

(often capitals) a cabinet minister who is responsible for a country's dealings with other countries US equivalent secretary of state
Derived Forms
foreign ministry, noun
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