American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of serving; ministration.
- n. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.
- n. The profession, duties, and services of a minister.
- n. The Christian clergy.
- n. The period of service of a minister.
- n. A governmental department presided over by a minister.
- n. The building in which such a department is housed.
- n. The duties, functions, or term of a governmental minister.
- n. Governmental ministers considered as a group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of ministering; the rendering of service; ministration.
- n. The state of ministering or serving; agency; instrumentality.
- n. The office or function of a minister, civil or ecclesiastical; the state of being a minister, in any sense; the exercise of a ministerial office: as, to discharge one's ministry faithfully; to enter the ministry of the gospel; to be appointed to the ministry of war.
- n. The general or a particular body of ministers of religion; the ministerial or clerical class; the clergy or priesthood. In episcopal churches the ministry consists of bishops, priests, and deacons, and of subdeacons and the minor orders, when such exist, in addition to these.
- n. The body of ministers of state in a conntry; the heads of departments collectively; the executive administration: as, to form a ministry; the policy of the British ministry; the French ministry has resigned. In the United States the corresponding body is called the cabinet.
- n. A ministerial department of government; the organization of functionaries administering a branch of public affairs; a minister and his subordinates collectively: as, the ministry of war or of justice.
- n. 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
- n. 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)
- n. A ministration
- n. The active practice and education of the minister of a particular religion or faith.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of ministering; ministration; service.
- n. Agency; instrumentality.
- n. The office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant, or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial function or profession.
- n. The body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a body.
- n. Administration; rule; term in power.
- n. religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
- n. the work of a minister of religion
- n. a government department under the direction of a minister
- n. building where the business of a government department is transacted
- Middle English ministerie, from Old French ministere, from Latin ministerium, from minister, servant; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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