noun, plural can·ter·buries.
Origin of canterbury
Definition for canterbury (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for canterbury
The Canterbury Tales was, Strohm writes, “one of the volumes around which the new trade would organize itself.”A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings|Wendy Smith|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is why there will not be much hand-wringing over the Archbishop of Canterbury confessing to doubting the existence of God.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says there are moments he thinks, “Is there a God?”
She sought out the Archbishop of Canterbury to talk about death.
The role of the Archbishop of Canterbury is a complicated and delicate one.What the Archbishop of Canterbury Should Have Said About Gay Rights|Gene Robinson|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fire in Canterbury Street levelled a block of buildings that were the boast of the city.
Mordred attacked; the Bishop of Canterbury dropped down on him with the Interdict.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
During the rule of the next archbishop, Jaenbert, an attempt was made to transfer the primacy from Canterbury.The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.].|Hartley Withers
The right to crown an English king was undoubtedly one of the prerogatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury.A History of England|Charles Oman
The next day he set out for Canterbury, after an absence of seven years.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for canterbury (1 of 2)
noun plural -buries antiques
British Dictionary definitions for canterbury (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for canterbury
Old English Cantware-buruh "fortified town of the Kentish people," from Cant-ware "the people of Kent" (see Kent). The Roman name was Duroverno, from Romano-British *duro- "walled town."
Pope Gregory the Great intended to make London, as the largest southern Anglo-Saxon city, the metropolitan see of southern England, but Christianity got a foothold first in the minor kingdom of Kent, whose heathen ruler Ethelbert had married a Frankish Christian princess. London was in the Kingdom of Essex and out of reach of the missionaries at first. Therefore, in part perhaps to flatter Ethelbert, his capital was made the cathedral city. Related: Canterburian.