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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
  • minster is a large parish, but Forrabury is one of the smallest in Cornwall.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • Then the noble lady bade them bear Lord Siegfried, her loved husband, to the minster.

  • The church was called the West minster, and the abbey, Westminster Abbey.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • 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
  • We missed our morning mass, it will do us no harm to hear Nones in the minster.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Gnther, overcome with wrath and vexation, told his humiliation to Siegfried the next morning at the minster.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • It may be that he can prefer thee to some post about the minster.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • 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.

  • The Holy Well, which was inside the minster, is now covered up.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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