- the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, England.
Origin of Big Ben
First recorded in 1890–95
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- the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
- the clock in this tower
- the tower
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.
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