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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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  • 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


(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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