(in the British Parliament) a minister, usually below cabinet rank, appointed to assist a senior minister with heavy responsibilities
any government minister
- Minister of the crown
noun 1. (Brit) any Government minister of cabinet rank
noun 1. . noun (pl) ministers plenipotentiary 1. See envoy1 (sense 1)
noun, plural ministers resident. 1. a diplomatic agent serving in a minor country and ranking next below an ambassador.
noun, plural ministers without portfolios. 1. a minister of state who is not appointed to any specific department in a government.