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
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British any of certain cathedrals and large churches, usually originally connected to a monastery

Word Origin for minster

Old English mynster, probably from Vulgar Latin monisterium (unattested), variant of Church Latin monastērium monastery
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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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