[ min-uh-stree ]
/ ˈmɪn ə stri /

noun, plural min·is·tries.

Origin of ministry

1175–1225; Middle English < Latin ministerium, equivalent to minister minister + -ium -ium


pre·min·is·try, noun, plural pre·min·is·tries.pseu·do·min·is·try, noun, plural pseu·do·min·is·tries.un·der·min·is·try, noun, plural un·der·min·is·tries. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ministry

/ (ˈmɪnɪstrɪ) /

noun plural -tries

  1. the profession or duties of a minister of religion
  2. the performance of these duties
ministers of religion or government ministers considered collectively
the tenure of a minister
  1. a government department headed by a minister
  2. the buildings of such a department

Word Origin for ministry

C14: from Latin ministerium service, from minister servant; see minister
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