- a person authorized to conduct religious worship; member of the clergy; pastor.
- a person authorized to administer sacraments, as at Mass.
- a person appointed by or under the authority of a sovereign or head of a government to some high office of state, especially to that of head of an administrative department: the minister of finance.
- a diplomatic representative accredited by one government to another and ranking next below an ambassador.Compare envoy1(def 1).
- a person acting as the agent or instrument of another.
- to administer or apply: to minister the last rites.
- Archaic. to furnish; supply.
- to perform the functions of a religious minister.
- to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants or necessities.: to minister to the needs of the hungry.
- to contribute, as to comfort or happiness.
Origin of minister
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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
January 6, 2015
Even those Christians who do want to minister amid the rancor of race and policing are missing the mark.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
The narrator is suggesting that they build a snowman that looks like a minister.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
One of them was Tamás Deutsch, a future minister for FIDESZ in the Hungarian government, today an MEP.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
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
October 24, 2014
By whom, let us ask, had this Minister been brought into power?
"You have wandered long in the wilderness," continued the minister.
"Not till I heard the minister's kind voice," was the reply.
According to my promise, I saw the minister on the following day.
There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.
- (esp in Presbyterian and some Nonconformist Churches) a member of the clergy
- a person appointed to head a government department
- any diplomatic agent accredited to a foreign government or head of state
- short for minister plenipotentiary or envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiarySee envoy 1 (def. 1)
- Also called (in full): minister resident a diplomat ranking after an envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary
- a person who attends to the needs of others, esp in religious matters
- a person who acts as the agent or servant of a person or thing
- (intr often foll by to) to attend to the needs (of); take care (of)
- (tr) archaic to provide; supply
Word Origin and History 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.