from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A monastery church.

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  • n. a monastic church

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of certain cathedrals and large churches; originally connected to a monastery


Middle English, from Old English mynster, from Vulgar Latin *monistērium, from Late Latin monastērium, monastery; see monastery.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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