Definition of minster in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnstə


A large or important church, typically one of cathedral status in the north of England that was built as part of a monastery: York Minster
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  • If it is doubtful how often sixth-century rulers had permanent headquarters in the Roman towns and forts, it is certain that seventh and eighth-century kings and bishops favoured them as sites for cathedrals and minsters.
  • The Lincoln incident happened during Evensong on Tuesday when a Victorian oak altar and a 40-year-old altar frontal were set ablaze in the Morning Chapel in the minster's north west corner.
  • Thus early monasteries may be associated with cathedrals, colleges, and minsters.


Old English mynster, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek monastērion (see monastery).

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