Dutch term – Dominee

A dominee is a minister, a protestant clergyman. The word comes from the Latin dominus which means “mister” or “lord.”

Dominees can be found since the reformation in the 1500s. Most of the north-western parts of the Netherlands became Dutch Reformed, while many of the south-eastern parts remained Catholic.

Dominees can be found in different types of protestant churches, including Dutch Reformed churches, Christian Reformed churches, Mennonite churches, Anabaptist churches, and remonstrant churches.

The baptism of William V of Orange, 1748

A Dutch Reformed minister baptizing William V of Orange, 1748. Image credits: Rijksmusem


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