from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who ministers.
- adj. Serving attendance on someone.
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- n. One who ministers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Performing service as a minister; attendant on service; acting under command; subordinate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ministering; performing service; exercising ministry of any kind.
- n. One who ministers; a servant or dispenser.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. giving practical help to
- n. someone who serves as a minister
The ceremonial features (such as the choice of the persons to make the offering) are simply the carrying over of general social arrangements into religious observances -- the ministrant is the father of the family, or the chief of the tribe, or the priest or other elected person, according to the particular local customs.
Ambulationes subdiales, quas hortenses aurae ministrant, sub fornice viridi, pampinis virentibus concameratae.
The sixth part of my work (to which the rest is subservient and ministrant) discloses and sets forth that philosophy which by the legitimate, chaste, and severe course of inquiry which I have explained and provided is at length developed and established.
Si non dat, et postea indigeat seruicio eorum, male ministrant ei.
Et si nuncius vel aliquis extraneus accedat ad regionem illam, ipsi includunt eum in domo, et ministrant ei necessaria, donec negocium eius fuerit expeditum.
Oswald, raised in a moment from the desponding invalid to a terrifying ministrant of retributive justice.
In a letter to one grief-stricken friend who found consolation in The Sceptic, Hemans sounds more the writer sceptical of her own effects – second-guessing her rhetoric, fishing about for compliments – than the ministrant serene in her faith:
Their murmur seemed to offer a sympathetic undertone to the honest conversation of my companion, and I sat there as humble a ministrant to the simple and beautiful idea of British valor as the occasion could require.
Doubtful if he shall think it the Genius of the ground or his father's ministrant, he slays, as is fit, two sheep of two years old, as many swine and dark-backed steers, pouring the while cups of wine, and calling on the soul of great
Not until this ministrant had seated herself at the foot of Miss Berber's couch did that lady refer to