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  1. a church actually or originally connected with a monastic establishment.
  2. any large or important church, as a cathedral.
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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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Related Words for minster

sanctuary, synagogue, parish, mosque, shrine, temple, chapel, basilica, chancel, minster, oratory, mission, abbey, fold, cathedral, tabernacle, bethel, chantry, sacellum

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Historical Examples of minster

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for minster


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