[ min-uh-stree ]
/ ˈmɪn ə stri /

noun, plural min·is·tries.

Nearby words

  1. ministrant,
  2. ministrate,
  3. ministration,
  4. ministrations,
  5. ministroke,
  6. minisub,
  7. minitower,
  8. minitrack,
  9. minium,
  10. minivacuum

Origin of ministry

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

Related formspre·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. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for ministry



late 14c., "function of a priest," from Old French menistere "service, ministry; position, post, employment," and directly from Latin ministerium "office, service, attendance, ministry," from minister (see minister (n.)). Began to be used 1916 as name of certain departments in British government.

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