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Big Ben

the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, England.
Origin of Big Ben
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Big Ben

the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
the clock in this tower
the tower
Word Origin
C19: named after Sir Benjamin Hall, Chief Commissioner of Works in 1856 when it was cast
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Word Origin and History for Big Ben

clock in the Parliament tower in London, generally said to have been named for Sir Benjamin Hall (1802-1867), first Chief Commissioner of Works, under whose supervision the bell was cast.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Big Ben in Culture

Big Ben definition

The popular name for the huge clock mounted in a tower near the meeting place of the British Parliament in London. Big Ben strikes the quarter-hour with the familiar Westminster chimes.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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