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From Middle English mynisterie, borrowed from Old French menistere, in turn borrowed itself from Latin ministerium; equivalent to minister +‎ -y.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪnɪstɹi/
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  • Hyphenation: mi‧nis‧try


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ministry (plural ministries)

  1. Government department, at the administrative level normally headed by a minister (or equivalent rank, e.g. secretary of state), who holds it as portfolio, especially in a constitutional monarchy, but also as a polity
    She works for the ministry of finance.
    He works for the ministry of defence.
    I work for the ministry of education.
    They work for the ministry of agriculture.
    Hyponyms: see Thesaurus:government ministry
  2. The complete body of government ministers (whether or not they are in cabinet) under the leadership of a head of government (such as a prime minister)
    The premier offered his last ministry's resignation to the monarch, and is asked to form a new one in accordance with the election results.
  3. A ministration
  4. The active practice and education of the minister of a particular religion or faith.
  5. (Christianity) The clergy of nonapostolic Protestant churches.
  6. (Christianity) Work of a spiritual or charitable nature.
    the present ministry of the Holy Spirit


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