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[min-ster] /ˈmɪn stər/
a church actually or originally connected with a monastic establishment.
any large or important church, as a cathedral.
Origin of minster
before 900; Middle English, Old English mynster (cognate with German Münster) < Vulgar Latin *monisterium, for Late Latin monastērium monastery Unabridged
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  • Through it loomed the minster, larger and far more mysteriously impressive than Westray had in any moods imagined.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • We missed our morning mass, it will do us no harm to hear Nones in the minster.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Then the noble lady bade them bear Lord Siegfried, her loved husband, to the minster.

  • It may be that he can prefer thee to some post about the minster.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He was a great benefactor to the church and manors of the see, and gave much plate for the service of the minster.

    The Cathedral Church of York A. Clutton-Brock
  • The Holy Well, which was inside the minster, is now covered up.

  • Gnther, overcome with wrath and vexation, told his humiliation to Siegfried the next morning at the minster.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • His stately house of Fording could be seen on a clear day from the minster tower.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • Then all the King's household went to service at the minster, and when they came back to the palace they saw a strange sight.

  • I fancy it was he who was talking with you in the minster this afternoon, was it not?

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for minster


(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

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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