Ministry



noun, plural ministries.
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.
(usually initial capital letter) any of the administrative governmental departments of certain countries usually under the direction of a minister of state.
6.
(usually initial capital letter) 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.
noun (pl) -tries
1.

the profession or duties of a minister of religion
the performance of these duties

2.
ministers of religion or government ministers considered collectively
3.
the tenure of a minister
4.

a government department headed by a minister
the buildings of such a department

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