any of various large churches or cathedrals: now chiefly in compounds: Westminster Abbey
Origin of minsterMiddle English mynstre from Old English mynster from Ecclesiastical Late Latin monasterium, monastery
- A monastery church.
- A large church, especially a collegiate church or a cathedral.
Origin of minsterMiddle English from Old English mynster from Vulgar Latin monistērium from Late Latin monastērium monastery ; see monastery .