Canterbury bells

noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. a plant, Campanula medium, cultivated for its showy, bell-shaped violet-blue, pink, or white flowers in loose clusters.

Origin of Canterbury bells

First recorded in 1570–80

Words Nearby Canterbury bells Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Canterbury bells in a sentence

  • And the girls decorated the tables with flowers—blue larkspur and white Canterbury bells.

    The Wouldbegoods | E. Nesbit
  • The Canterbury bells should be six inches across in the fall, and the next year about two feet high.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden | Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • The gladiolas, Canterbury bells, gillie flowers and fox gloves grow as prim as in a conservative English garden.

  • The meadows on the hillside are full of yarrow and Canterbury bells; everythings in bloom.

  • Mr. Hawkins: We have three plants, hollyhocks, digitalis and Canterbury bells, and nearly all have the same trouble with them.