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missionary

[ mish-uh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i /
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noun, plural mis·sion·ar·ies.Also mis·sion·er for 1-3 .
adjective
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Origin of missionary

First recorded in 1625–35; from New Latin missiōnārius; see mission, -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM missionary

non·mis·sion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·mis·sion·ar·ies.
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How to use missionary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for missionary

missionary
/ (ˈmɪʃənərɪ) /

noun plural -aries
a member of a religious mission
adjective
of or relating to missionariesmissionary work
resulting from a desire to convert people to one's own beliefsmissionary zeal
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