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[min-uh-struh nt] /ˈmɪn ə strənt/
a person who ministers.
Origin of ministrant
1660-70; < Latin ministrant- (stem of ministrāns), present participle of ministrāre to serve. See minister, -ant
Related forms
subministrant, adjective
unministrant, adjective Unabridged
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  • And to this moment, no rushing river is half so ministrant to dread as is a still, dull hogshead, where insects float and fly.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Let them rather claim maintenance from a grateful public, and live, like troubadours of old, ministrant to the general joy.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • When his household cares obliged the ministrant to leave her room, Nydia began to re-collect her thoughts.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • Nor would the time of their ministrant be too much occupied by them, supposing him to have other uses to which to put it.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • He became Elijah's constant companion and pupil and ministrant, until the great man's departure.

  • The priest has twice intoned, Per omnia scula sculorum, the ministrant has rung repeatedly, and still you keep on playing.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • The ministrant addressed the postulant, “Brother, dost thou wish to give thyself to our faith?”

  • Genius in her paused and slumbered: it had been as the ministrant of solitude: it was needed no more.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The spirit of Chaos, from her uncharted tracts, summons her ministrant powers of Death and Change.

    The Masque of the Elements Herman Scheffauer
  • Not until this ministrant had seated herself at the foot of Miss Berber's couch did that lady refer to Stefan's request.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
British Dictionary definitions for ministrant


ministering or serving as a minister
a person who ministers
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ministrans, from ministrāre to wait upon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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