- The definition of a minister is a person chosen to carry out given orders or church functions.
- An example of a minister is someone appointed by a government to lead a governmental department.
- An example of a minister is the person authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in a church.
- Minister is defined as to provide or give help.
An example of to minister is a therapist giving advice to a client.
- a person acting for another as agent and carrying out given orders or designs; specif.,
- a person appointed by the head of a government to take charge of some department
- a diplomatic officer sent to a foreign nation to represent his or her government, usually ranking below an ambassador
- anyone authorized to carry out or assist in the spiritual functions of a church
- an ordained member of a Protestant church; esp., a pastor
- the superior of certain Roman Catholic religious orders
- a person or thing thought of as serving as the agent of some power, force, etc.: a minister of evil
Origin: OFr ministre from Classical Latin minister, an attendant, servant, inch(es) LL(Ec), Christian preacher from base of Classical Latin minor, minor: formed probably after magister, master
- to supply; provide
- to administer
Origin: ME ministren < OFr ministrer < L ministrare
- to serve as a minister in a church
- to give help (to)
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noun Abbr. Min.
- a. One who is authorized to perform religious functions in a Christian church, especially a Protestant church.b. Roman Catholic Church The superior in certain orders.
- A high officer of state appointed to head an executive or administrative department of government.
- An authorized diplomatic representative of a government, usually ranking next below an ambassador.
- A person serving as an agent for another by carrying out specified orders or functions.
- To attend to the wants and needs of others: Volunteers ministered to the homeless after the flood. See Synonyms at tend2.
- To perform the functions of a cleric.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French ministre, from Latin minister, servant; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
minister - Cultural Definition
A title used in many countries for members of cabinets and similar public officials, who are roughly equivalent to the officials in the United States cabinet. For example, a minister of foreign affairs will have duties similar to those of the secretary of state of the United States.