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n. pl. min·is·tries
a. The act of serving; ministration.
b. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.
a. The profession, duties, and services of a minister.
b. The Christian clergy.
c. The period of service of a minister.
a. A governmental department presided over by a minister.
b. The building in which such a department is housed.
c. The duties, functions, or term of a governmental minister.
d. often Ministry Governmental ministers considered as a group.

[Middle English ministerie, from Old French ministere, from Latin ministerium, from minister, servant; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -tries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. the profession or duties of a minister of religion
b. the performance of these duties
2. ministers of religion or government ministers considered collectively
3. the tenure of a minister
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a government department headed by a minister
b. the buildings of such a department
[C14: from Latin ministerium service, from minister servant; see minister]


(ˈmɪn ə stri)

n., pl. -tries.
1. the service, functions, or profession of a minister of religion.
2. the body or class of ministers of religion; clergy.
3. the service, function, or office of a minister of state.
4. the body of ministers of state.
5. an administrative department headed by a minister of state.
6. the building that houses such an administrative department.
7. the term of office of a minister of state.
8. an act or instance of ministering; ministration; service.
9. something that serves as an agency, instrument, or means.
[1175–1225; (< Old French menistere) < Latin ministerium=minister minister + -ium -ium1]


 a group of ministers of state, 1710; the clergy, 1566.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ministry - religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)ministry - religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
priesthood - the body of ordained religious practitioners
2.ministry - building where the business of a government department is transactedministry - building where the business of a government department is transacted
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
3.ministry - a government department under the direction of a ministerministry - a government department under the direction of a minister
Foreign Office - the government department in charge of foreign relations
Home Office - the government department in charge of domestic affairs
government department - a department of government
4.ministry - the work of a minister of religion; "he is studying for the ministry"
employment, work - the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"


1. department, office, bureau, government department the Ministry of Justice
2. administration, government, council, cabinet He disclosed that his ministry gave funds to parties in Namibia.
3. the priesthood, the church, the cloth, the pulpit, holy orders So what prompted him to enter the ministry?
الأكليروس، الكَهْنوتكَهْنُوتٌوِزَارَةٌوِزارَه
ministerstvopastorstvíkněžský úřad
ministeriöpapin virka
ministarstvosvećenićka služba
bộđoàn mục sư


[ˈmɪnɪstrɪ] N
1. (Pol) → ministerio m, secretaría f (Mex)
Ministry of TransportMinisterio m de Transporte
2. (Rel) → sacerdocio m
to enter the ministryhacerse sacerdote; (Protestant) → hacerse pastor


[ˈmɪnɪstri] n
(British) (in government)ministère m
the Ministry of Culture → le ministère de la culture
(RELIGION) to go into the ministry → devenir pasteurMinistry of Defence n (British)ministère m de la Défense nationaleMinistry of the Interior nministère m de l'Intérieur


(Pol) → Ministerium nt; ministry of education/agricultureBildungs-/Landwirtschaftsministerium nt; during his ministryin or während seiner Amtszeit (als Minister); during the ministry of Xals X Minister war
(Eccl) → geistliches Amt; to join or enter or go into the ministryPfarrer(in) or Geistliche(r) werden; to train for the ministryTheologie studieren, um Geistlicher zu werden
(= ministering)Sendungsbewusstsein nt; Christ’s ministry here on earthdas Wirken Christi auf Erden


[ˈmɪnɪstrɪ] n
a. (Brit) (Pol) → ministero
Ministry of Defence → Ministero della Difesa
b. (Rel) the ministryil ministero sacerdotale
to go into or enter the ministry → diventare sacerdote (or pastore)


(ˈministə) noun
1. a clergyman in certain branches of the Christian Church. He is a minister in the Presbyterian church.
2. (the title of) the head of any of the divisions or departments of a government. the Minister for Education.
(with to) to give help (to). She ministered to his needs.
ministerial (miniˈstiəriəl) adjective
of or concerning ministers. ministerial duties.
ˈministryplural ˈministries noun
1. the profession, duties or period of service of a minister of religion. His ministry lasted for fifteen years.
2. a department of government or the building where its employees work. the Transport Ministry.


كَهْنُوتٌ, وِزَارَةٌ kněžský úřad, ministerstvo ministerium, præstekald geistliches Amt, Ministerium ιερατείο, υπουργείο clerecía, ministerio ministeriö, papin virka ministère ministarstvo, svećenićka služba ministero, 聖職, 사역 geestelijk ambt, ministerie departement, presteembete duszpasterstwo, ministerstwo ministério духовенство, министерство departement, prästämbete กระทรวง, การช่วยเหลือ bakanlık, papazlık bộ, đoàn mục sư 牧师职位, 部委
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