Definition of minster in English:

minster

noun

British
  • 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’
    • ‘Thus early monasteries may be associated with cathedrals, colleges, and minsters.’
    • ‘An official announcement by the dean and chapter, the ancient minster's governing body, is expected later in the week after a behind-closed-doors meeting today.’
    • ‘One of the five officials who resigned at the cathedral after clashing with the dean was Robert Lambie, clerk of the chapter, the body that runs the ancient minster.’
    • ‘Nobody can quite explain what this eccentric ecclesiastical spectacle might achieve, but under the beautiful gothic awning of a medieval minster, the balance of opinion is that prayer might be worth a try.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A later King, Cynewulf by name, granted land to the minster by the Great Springe they call Wells and the whole cathedraling business began.’
    • ‘Many of the first purpose-built churches were minsters, home to communities of priests, who went out to preach the Gospel over wide territories.’
    • ‘He desired to be buried in the churchyard of the minster so that ‘the sweet rain of heaven might fall upon his grave’.’
    • ‘Take in the huge Schwabentor gate, as decorative as it was defensive, before ambling to Münsterplatz and the fabulous minster.’
    • ‘The authorities of trouble-torn Lincoln Cathedral have been accused by a member of the congregation of putting the ancient minster on a disaster course.’
    • ‘An emergency session of the governing body of strife-torn Ripon Cathedral was held yesterday over the latest troubles to hit the minster.’
    • ‘The beautiful parish church of St Mary, dating from the 12 th century, predates the minster and is famous for a carving of a rabbit which is said to have inspired Lewis Carroll to create the March Hare in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Sheffield Diocese of the Church of England said a minster was considered to be a church which sends members out to bear witness in the community.’
    • ‘A similar daintiness animates the statues added around 1300-22 to Strasbourg Cathedral, the minster at Freiburg im Breisgau, and Cologne Cathedral.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the history books, Carus died before the minster was built on Church Street and is buried under the new altar.’
    • ‘It is in a deep ‘financial crisis’, says a canon of the ancient minster in the December issue of the cathedral magazine.’
    • ‘That was issued jointly by Mr Morley and the cathedral Dean and Chapter, the body which, headed by the beleaguered dean, runs the minster and employs the organist.’
    • ‘It was quite common in Anglo-Saxon England for one church to act as a minster for a town community, handling all funerals and gathering all the dead into its graveyard.’
    • ‘Stratford-upon-Avon, stands in all probability on the site of an Anglo-Saxon minster, established by the 8th century.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

minster

/ˈmɪnstə/