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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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  • Nobody will grudge the foreign minister this little treat, which he has thoroughly well earned.

  • “I sincerely hope that you will be successful,” declared the foreign minister.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • As the native ministry develops, the foreign minister is less and less needed, and must gradually withdraw.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • foreign minister von Jagow: I have nothing to add to my answer.

  • There is not the least reason to doubt that in most cases of advantage conferred the foreign minister was ready to receive money.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
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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