minister

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English[edit]

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 preach, to perform religious ceremonies and to afford pastoral care 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.

Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with minster.

Hypernyms[edit]

  • (Chief minister in areas of Central Europe and Scandinavia): provost

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Verb[edit]

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)

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Noun[edit]

minister m ‎(plural ministers, diminutive ministertje n)

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

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Noun[edit]

minister

  1. minister (politician)

Inflection[edit]

Odd inflection[1]
singular plural
Nominative minister ministereh
Accusative minister ministerijd
Genitive minister ministerij
Illative ministerân ministeráid
Locative ministerist ministerijn
Comitative ministeráin ministerijguin
Abessive ministerttáá ministerijttáá
Essive ministerin
Partitive ministerid

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  1. ^ minister in Giellatekno Inari Sami paradigm generator

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.

Case Singular Plural
nominative minister ministrī
genitive ministrī ministrōrum
dative ministrō ministrīs
accusative ministrum ministrōs
ablative ministrō ministrīs
vocative minister1 ministrī

1May also be ministre.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Noun[edit]

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

  1. a minister (politician who heads a ministry)

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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)

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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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Noun[edit]

minister c

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

Declension[edit]

Inflection of minister 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative minister ministern ministrar ministrarna
Genitive ministers ministerns ministrars ministrarnas

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