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[min-ster] /ˈmɪn stər/
noun
1.
a church actually or originally connected with a monastic establishment.
2.
any large or important church, as a cathedral.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English mynster (cognate with German Münster) < Vulgar Latin *monisterium, for Late Latin monastērium monastery
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  • The ancient minster, resonant and vibrating to her foundations, lived in a perpetual jubilant tumult of bells.
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minster

/ˈmɪnstə/
noun
1.
(Brit) any of certain cathedrals and large churches, usually originally connected to a monastery
Word Origin
Old English mynster, probably from Vulgar Latin monisterium (unattested), variant of Church Latin monastēriummonastery
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Word Origin and History for minster
n.

Old English mynster "the church of a monastery" (8c.), from Late Latin monasterium (see monastery). Cf. Old French moustier, French moûtier, Old Irish manister.

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