[ glas-tuhn-ber-ee, glas-tuhn-buh-ree ]

  1. a town of southwest England, in whose vicinity the ruins of an important Iron Age lake village have been found and to which in folklore both King Arthur and Joseph of Arimathea have been linked, the latter as the founder of the abbey there.

  2. Glastonbury Festival, a performing arts festival held annually in southwest England.

  1. a town in central Connecticut whose western boundary is formed by the Connecticut River.

Origin of Glastonbury

Old English Glestingaburg, from Glestinga, a personal name or ethnonym of disputed origin + burg “fortified town” (see borough )

Words Nearby Glastonbury Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Glastonbury in a sentence

  • An image of a house in Glastonbury, Conn., shot by Philip Trager in 1976, when he went around the state documenting its buildings.

  • Taylor alludes to several made from the well known Glastonbury thorn.

  • I lurked round Glastonbury until I saw the girl, and knew that some fresh trouble was on hand for you.

    A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
  • But we sent Erpwald back to Glastonbury in all haste, and he was in nowise loth to go, as may be supposed.

    A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
  • By that time I had leisure to spend the holy season with the court at Glastonbury, for there was peace everywhere.

    A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
  • Glastonbury itself, “its two streets forming a perfect cross,” is almost engirdled by a little river named the Brue.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley

British Dictionary definitions for Glastonbury


/ (ˈɡlæstənbərɪ, -brɪ) /

  1. a town in SW England, in Somerset: remains of prehistoric lake villages; the reputed burial place of King Arthur; site of a ruined Benedictine abbey, probably the oldest in England. Pop: 8429 (2001)

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