a church actually or originally connected with a monastic establishment.
any large or important church, as a cathedral.

before 900; Middle English, Old English mynster (cognate with German Münster) < Vulgar Latin *monisterium, for Late Latin monastērium monastery

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minster (ˈmɪnstə)
(Brit) any of certain cathedrals and large churches, usually originally connected to a monastery
[Old English mynster, probably from Vulgar Latin monisterium (unattested), variant of Church Latin monastēriummonastery]

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O.E. mynster "the church of a monastery," from L.L. monasterium (see monastery). Cf. O.Fr. moustier, Fr. moûtier, O.Ir. manister.
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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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