AskDefine | Define minister

Dictionary Definition



1 a person authorized to conduct religious worship [syn: curate, parson, pastor, rector]
2 a person appointed to a high office in the government; "Minister of Finance" [syn: government minister]
3 a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador [syn: diplomatic minister]
4 the job of a head of a government department


1 attend to the wants and needs of others; "I have to minister to my mother all the time"
2 work as a minister; "She is ministering in an old parish"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Minister



  • /'mɪnɪstə/ or /'mɪnɪstɜɻ/


  1. A person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church.
    The minister said a prayer on behalf of the entire congregation.
  2. A person who is commissioned by the government for public service.
    He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.
  3. Someone who serves others.

Derived terms


a person who is trained to perform religious ceremonies at a Protestant church
  • Finnish: pappi
  • Hebrew: כומר (komer)
  • Kurdish: qeşe /
  • Russian: священник
  • Spanish: ministro
a person who is commissioned by the government for public service
  • Arabic: (wazīr)
  • Dutch: minister
  • Finnish: ministeri
  • French: ministre
  • German: Minister , Ministerin
  • Greek: υπουργός (ypourgós)
  • Hebrew: שר (sar) , שרה (sara)
  • Indonesian: menteri
  • Japanese: 大臣 (だいじん, daijin)
  • Kurdish: wezîr / , şalyar /
  • Malayalam: മന്ത്രി (manthri)
  • Old English: þegen
  • Portuguese: ministro
  • Russian: министр
  • Swedish: minister
  • Turkish: bakan
someone who serves others
  • Dutch: dienaar
  • Russian: исполнитель
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  1. To attend to; to tend.
    A newspaper headline: Couple leaves business world to minister to inner-city children



  • /mi'nistər/


  1. A minister, a person who is commissioned by the government for public service.

Extensive Definition

Minister can mean several things:

See also

minister in Catalan: Ministre (desambiguació)
minister in Danish: Minister
minister in German: Minister
minister in Galician: Ministro
minister in Dutch: Minister
minister in Japanese: 大臣
minister in Norwegian: Minister
minister in Polish: Minister
minister in Swedish: Minister

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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