min·​ster ˈmin(t)-stər How to pronounce minster (audio)
: a large or important church often having cathedral status

Word History


Middle English, monastery, church attached to a monastery, from Old English mynster, from Late Latin monasterium monastery

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minster was before the 12th century

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“Minster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minster. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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