minister

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English[edit]

Charles Spurgeon, a Baptist minister (definition 1).
Tarō Asō, the Minister of Finance in Japan (definition 2).
James Busby, former British Resident (or Resident Minister) of New Zealand (definition 3).

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ministre, from Old French ministre, from Latin minister (an attendant, servant, assistant, a priest's assistant or other under official), from minor (less) + -ter; see minor.

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Noun[edit]

minister (plural ministers)

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  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 politician who heads a ministry (national or regional government department for public service).
    He was newly appointed to be Minister of the Interior.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
      Ministers to kings, whose eyes, ears, and hands they are, must be answerable to God and man.
  3. At a diplomacy, the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador.
  4. A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument.
    • Bible, Exodus xxiv. 13
      Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      I chose / Camillo for the minister, to poison / My friend Polixenes.

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minister (third-person singular simple present ministers, present participle ministering, simple past and past participle ministered)

  1. (transitive) To attend to (the needs of); to tend; to take care (of); to give aid; to give service.
    A newspaper headline: Couple leaves business world to minister to inner-city children
  2. to function as a clergyman or as the officiant in church worship
  3. (transitive, archaic) To afford, to give, to supply.
    • Bible, 2 Corinthians ix. 10
      He that ministereth seed to the sower.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      We minister to God reason to suspect us.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 1
      I do well believe your highness; and did it to / minister occasion to these gentlemen [...] (to give opportunity to these gentlemen)

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Danish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

minister c (definite singular ministeren, indefinite plural ministre, definite plural ministrene)

  1. a minister (politician who heads a ministry)

Dutch[edit]

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minister m (plural ministers, diminutive ministertje n)

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

Ladin[edit]

Noun[edit]

minister m (plural ministeres)

  1. minister
  2. ministry

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From minus + comparative suffix *-tero-. Compare magister.

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Noun[edit]

minister m (genitive ministrī); second declension

  1. attendant, servant, waiter
  2. agent, aide
  3. accomplice

Inflection[edit]

Second declension, nominative singular in -er.

Number Singular Plural
nominative minister ministrī
genitive ministrī ministrōrum
dative ministrō ministrīs
accusative ministrum ministrōs
ablative ministrō ministrīs
vocative minister
ministre
ministrī

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Noun[edit]

minister m (definite singular ministeren, indefinite plural ministere / ministre / ministrer, definite plural ministerne / ministrene)

  1. a minister (politician who heads a ministry)

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Noun[edit]

minister m (definite singular ministeren, indefinite plural ministrar, definite plural ministrane)

  1. a minister (politician who heads a ministry)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French ministère.

Noun[edit]

minister n (plural ministere)

  1. ministry

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Swedish[edit]

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minister c

  1. a minister[1] (member of government, cabinet)
  2. a minister[2] (in the foreign affairs administration)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Government terms, Government Offices of Sweden
  2. ^ Utrikes namnbok (7th ed., 2007) ISBN 978-913832379-3