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The west facade of Westminster Abbey in London, England, United Kingdom. The abbey originates from a community of Benedictine monks established by Saint Dunstan with the assistance of King Edgar of England.


From Old English mynster, from Latin monastērium (monastery), from Ancient Greek μοναστήριον (monastḗrion, monastery; solitary dwelling). Doublet of monastery.



minster (plural minsters)

  1. A monastic church.
    • 2014 July 20, Jane Gardam, “Give us a bishop in high heels [print version: “Give us a high-heeled bishop”, International New York Times, 22 July 2014, page 11]”, in The New York Times[1], archived from the original on 21 July 2014:
      [F]urther south in Kent, there was St. Mildred, whose mother, in 670, founded the minster that still stands there in good nick, with nine nuns who are an ever-present help in trouble to all religions and none.
  2. A cathedral church without any monastic connection.

Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with minister.