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From the abbey of Westminster, from west + minster

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Westminster (or the City of Westminster)

  1. The abbey of Westminster
  2. The City of Westminster: a borough of London including the principal offices of the British government
  3. The Palace of Westminster
  4. (colloquial) The British parliament, based at the Palace of Westminster
  5. A constitutional system [the Westminster system] copied from the British parliament, characterised by the members of the executive being required to be elected or appointed to seats in parliament and being answerable to it.

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