from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A monastery church.
- noun A large church, especially a collegiate church or a cathedral.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Originally, a monastery; afterward, the church of a monastery; also, from the fact that many such churches, especially in Great Britain, became cathedrals, a cathedral church which had such an origin: as, York minster; hence, any cathedral: as, the minster of Strasburg.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Arch.) A church of a monastery. The name is often retained and applied to the church after the monastery has ceased to exist (), and is also improperly used for any large church.
- noun the official house in which the canons of a cathedral live in common or in rotation.
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from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun any of certain cathedrals and large churches; originally connected to a monastery
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
There are a Great Many pretty Churches 16 in Number, but the minster is a noble building and holds in view at Least 30 miles before you Come to it.
Obama's minster is truning on him now and more will be revealed.
All this while Ely minster is in one's view at a mile distant you would think, but go, it is a Long 4 miles.
The Cathedrall or minster is Large, Lofty and very neate, the Quire pretty.
The minster is a stately structure but old, ye outside has been finely Carv'd and full of Images as appears by the nitches and pedistalls wch remaine very Close all over the walls, and still just at ye front remaines some Statues of ye Kings of Jerusalem and some angels and Cherubims.
There are two Churches; Ely minster is a Curious pile of Building all of stone, the outside full of Carvings and great arches and fine pillars in the front, and the jnside has the greatest variety and neatness in the works.
Bible and the Psalter from Hebrew into Latin: and without the minster is the chair that he sat in when he translated it.
The gates beneath the outer arch are kept locked save on Sundays, as are frequently the gates in the railings surrounding the churchyard to the south of the minster, which is divided from the churchyard on the north side by the church itself and by railings at the east and west ends of it.
The minster is a Gothic church, and almost the only one in Germany which is actually finished.
Catholicism represented by the "minster," and he relearns his faith "from the book whose words are grav'd in light"