verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- minister of state,
- minister of the crown,
- minister plenipotentiary,
- minister resident,
- minister without portfolio
Origin of minister
Examples from the Web for minister
One of its top officials is the current minister of the interior in Baghad.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Even those Christians who do want to minister amid the rancor of race and policing are missing the mark.
The narrator is suggesting that they build a snowman that looks like a minister.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of them was Tamás Deutsch, a future minister for FIDESZ in the Hungarian government, today an MEP.
As Minister of Trade, he oversees TEPCO, which is attempting to put its profitable nuclear reactors back on-line.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors|Jake Adelstein|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's a shame to see a minister of the Gospel drowning his grief in liquor.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant|Alexander Johnstone Wilson
Frontenac defines his position and raises a note of alarm in his very first despatch to the minister for the colonies.Count Frontenac|William Dawson LeSueur
The minister there, who introduces his plans, must be a member of the House of Commons.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
In this extremity Sieys chose as minister of police the old Terrorist Fouch, who best understood how to deal with his brethren.
The minister of a parish in Dumfriesshire had a man who had long and faithfully served at the manse.Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character|Edward Bannerman Ramsay
Word Origin for minister
c.1300, "one who acts upon the authority of another," from Old French menistre "servant, valet, member of a household staff, administrator, musician, minstrel" (12c.), from Latin minister (genitive ministri) "inferior, servant, priest's assistant" (in Medieval Latin, "priest"), from minus, minor "less," hence "subordinate," (see minus) + comparative suffix *-teros. Formed on model of magister. Meaning "priest" is attested in English from early 14c. Political sense of "high officer of the state" is attested from 1620s, from notion of "service to the crown."
early 14c., "to perform religious rites, provide religious services;" mid-14c., "to serve (food or drink);" late 14c. "render service or aid," from Old French menistrer "to serve, be of service, administer, attend, wait on," and directly from Latin ministrare "to serve, attend, wait upon" (see minister (n.)). Related: Ministered; ministering.
In many Protestant churches, the presiding clergyman. Ministers preach sermons; conduct services; officiate at baptisms, weddings, and funerals; and generally look after the needs of their congregation. Some Protestant churches refer to their clergy as pastors or preachers rather than ministers.
A title used in many countries for members of cabinets and similar public officials, who are roughly equivalent to the officials in the United States cabinet. For example, a minister of foreign affairs will have duties similar to those of the secretary of state of the United States.