noun, plural mis·sion·ar·ies. Also mis·sion·er.
- mission control,
- mission creep,
- mission specialist,
- mission statement,
- mission viejo,
- missionary apostolic,
- missionary position,
- missionary ridge,
Origin of missionary
Examples from the Web for missionary
Outside, they killed Hector McMillan, a Canadian missionary, before joining the ranks of the fleeing rebels.
Heavily armed Simbas had already arrived at the missionary house and were lining up families in the backyard for execution.
The hospital also treated a second missionary who died in early August, and this nurse also had come in contact with him.Ebola Contracted in Madrid Hospital Could Spread in Europe|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bagaza called for the expulsion of all Italian priests and missionary workers, but those who stayed received death threats.Catholic Nuns Aiding Africa's Battered Wives Are Raped and Murdered|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What does Soylent have going for it other than missionary zeal and a revoltingly kitschy sci-fi throwback name?
The missionary who prefers to withdraw from the people is not likely to make many converts.Have We No Rights?|Mabel Williamson
But, on the other hand, the result is a bewildering multiplication of missionary efforts.India and the Indians|Edward F. Elwin
Jogues petitioned to be sent back to the Mohawks as a missionary.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime|William Henry Atherton
A missionary can't take time traipsin' round the country every time a relative gets a little down.The Man of the Desert|Grace Livingston Hill
Their island took rank, therefore, as the most successful result of missionary enterprise in the North Pacific.A Modern Buccaneer|Rolf Boldrewood
noun plural -aries
1650s, from missionary (adj.). Missionary position attested by 1963, said to have been coined by Kinsey (1948), who identified its origin in work done by Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski in Melanesia in the 1920s; allegedly from the term used by South Pacific peoples to describe what Christian missionaries promoted to replace their local variations. By late 1960s it became the general term for this type of sex, formerly also known as the English-American position.
"sent on a mission," 1640s, from Modern Latin missionarius "pertaining to a mission," from Latin missionem (see mission).