Definition of missionary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɪʃənri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪʃəneri//
(pl. missionaries)
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a person who is sent to a foreign country to teach people about Christianity Baptist missionaries missionary work (figurative) She spoke about her new project with missionary zeal (= with great enthusiasm). He spent 15 years as a missionary in Africa. clergy sent as missionaries to Latin America Word Originmid 17th cent.: from modern Latin missionarius, from Latin missio, from mittere ‘send’.
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