Big Ben


noun

the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, England.

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Origin of Big Ben

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for Big Ben

Big Ben

noun

the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
the clock in this tower
the tower

Word Origin for Big Ben

C19: named after Sir Benjamin Hall, Chief Commissioner of Works in 1856 when it was cast
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Cultural definitions for Big Ben

Big Ben

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.

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