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minster

[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 of minster
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English mynster (cognate with German Münster) < Vulgar Latin *monisterium, for Late Latin monastērium monastery
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Historical Examples
  • We missed our morning mass, it will do us no harm to hear Nones in the minster.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It may be that he can prefer thee to some post about the minster.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The Holy Well, which was inside the minster, is now covered up.

  • Its minster was founded in the days of Æthelstan, but the remains are Norman work.

  • I have just come from the minster, but could see nothing of him there.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • His stately house of Fording could be seen on a clear day from the minster tower.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • I fancy it was he who was talking with you in the minster this afternoon, was it not?

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • If he has visited this house, it has been to see Mr Westray about the restoration of the minster.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • But these are guerdons of yesterday in comparison with other relics the minster guards.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Once more the workmen began the work of building the minster.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
British Dictionary definitions for minster

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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