from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is sent on a mission, especially one sent to do religious or charitable work in a territory or foreign country.
- n. One who attempts to persuade or convert others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles; a propagandist.
- adj. Of or relating to missions or missionaries.
- adj. Engaged in the activities of a mission or missionary.
- adj. Tending to propagandize or use insistent persuasion: missionary fervor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed.
- n. A religious messenger.
- n. A common position for undertaking sexual intercourse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion.
- adj. Of or pertaining to missions
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to missions, especially Christian missions; proper to one sent on a mission; characteristic of a propagandist: as, a missionary society or meeting; missionary funds; missionary work; missionary zeal or energy.
- n. One who is sent upon a mission; an envoy or messenger.
- n. Specifically, a person sent by ecclesiastical authority to labor for the propagation of his religious faith in a community where his church has no self-supporting indigenous organization; hence, any propagandist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program
- adj. relating to or connected to a religious mission
- n. someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country
mission + -ary (Wiktionary)