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West-minster n.
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(a) The area of Westminster, near the City of London, esp. as the national seat of justice and administration; also, the liberty of Westminster as an area of legal sanctuary [quot. c1400(c1378), 2nd]; ~ gate, ?the gate leading into Westminster; ~ halle, halle of (at) ~, Westminster Hall, as the judiciary and administrative center of England; also in fig. context [quot. c1400(c1378), 1st]; ~ laue, English common law; to ~ ward, toward Westminster; (b) Westminster Abbey; ~ chirche, abbeie of (chirche at) ~; (c) as surname.