One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A minister of the Dutch Reformed Church.
- ‘He and his siblings grew up there in humble circumstances - with their father as the dominee ministering to a coloured congregation in the church in the main street.’
- ‘Stepping up to the dominee, I got a liberal sprinkling with the aid of a palm frond.’
- ‘On Monday, his son-in-law said he would be buried in the rose garden next to the former historic Dutch Reformed Mission Church in Beaufort West, where his father had been a dominee.’
- ‘He is another dominee with great organisational skills and a matching warm, deeply sincere personality.’
- ‘As a Springbok rugby star in the late 1920s and as a Dutch Reformed dominee, he was prominent in both of Afrikanerdom's religions.’
Afrikaans and Dutch, from the Latin vocative domine! ‘master!’.
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