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
Words nearby Big Ben
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British Dictionary definitions for Big Ben
the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
the clock in this 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
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