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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: ministre, from Latin minister 'servant'

minister

1 noun
     
min‧is‧ter1 S1 W1 [countable]
1PGO a politician who is in charge of a government department, in Britain and some other countries
minister of
the Minister of Agriculture
minister for
the Minister for Foreign Affairs
foreign/defence/finance etc minister
a meeting of EU foreign ministers
prime minister
2RRC a priest in some Christian churches [↪ pastor, vicar]:
a Baptist minister
3BOPGO someone whose job is to represent their country in another country, but who is lower in rank than an ambassador

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