Minster vs Mister - What's the difference?

minster | mister |

As nouns the difference between minster and mister

is that minster is a monastic church while mister is mister (title conferred on an adult male), especially when referring to anglophones.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(en noun)
  • a monastic church
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  • Anagrams

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    Etymology 1

    Unaccented variant of


    (en noun)
  • Title conferred on an adult male, usually when the name is unknown. Also (often parent to young child) referring to a man whose name is unknown.
  • You may sit here, mister .
    Go and ask that mister if you can get your ball out of his garden.
  • * 1855 , George Musalas Colvocoresses, Four Years in the Government Exploring Expedition , J. M. Fairchild & co., page 358:
  • Fine day to see sights, gentlemen. Well, misters , here's the railing round the ground, and there's the paling round the tomb, eight feet deep, six feet long, and three feet wide.
  • * 1908 , Jack Brand, By Wild Waves Tossed: An Ocean Love Story , The McClure Company, page 90:
  • There's only three misters aboard this ship, or, rather, there's only two.
    Coordinate terms
    * (title of adult male) master, mistress, , Doctor


    (en verb)
  • To address by the title of "mister".
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) mester, (meister) (et al.), from (etyl) misterium, a medieval conflation of (etyl) .David Wallace, Chaucerian polity: absolutist lineages and associational forms in England and Italy , Stanford University Press, 1997


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Someone's business or function; an occupation, employment, trade.
  • A kind, type of.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.ix:
  • The Redcrosse knight toward him crossed fast, / To weet, what mister wight was so dismayd.
  • (obsolete) Need (of something).
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  • And thenne the grene knyghte kneled doune / and dyd hym homage with his swerd / thenne said the damoisel me repenteth grene knyghte of your dommage / and of youre broders dethe the black knyghte / for of your helpe I had grete myster / For I drede me sore to passe this forest / Nay drede you not sayd the grene knyghte / for ye shal lodge with me this nyghte / and to morne I shalle helpe you thorou this forest
  • (obsolete) Necessity; the necessary time.
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  • It was by Merlyns auyse said the knyghte / As for hym sayd kynge Carados / I wylle encountre with kynge bors / and ye wil rescowe me whan myster is / go on said they al / we wil do all that we may


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete, impersonal) To be necessary; to matter.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.vii:
  • As for my name, it mistreth not to tell; / Call me the Squyre of Dames that me beseemeth well.

    Etymology 3



    (en noun)
  • A device that makes or sprays mist.
  • Odessa D. uses a mister Sunday to fight the 106-degree heat at a NASCAR race in Fontana, California.
    Derived terms
    * demister



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