canterbury

[kan-ter-ber-ee, -buh-ree]

Origin:
1840–50; after Canterbury, England

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Canterbury

[kan-ter-ber-ee, -buh-ree or, esp. British, -bree]
noun
1.
a city in E Kent, in SE England: cathedral; early ecclesiastical center of England.
2.
a municipality in E New South Wales, in SE Australia: a part of Sydney.

Canterburian [kan-ter-byoor-ee-uhn] , adjective
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canterbury (ˈkæntəbərɪ, -brɪ)
 
n , pl -buries
1.  a late 18th-century low wooden stand with partitions for holding cutlery and plates: often mounted on casters
2.  a similar 19th-century stand used for holding sheet music, music books, or magazines

Canterbury (ˈkæntəbərɪ, -brɪ)
 
n
1.  Latin name: Durovernum a city in SE England, in E Kent: starting point for St Augustine's mission to England (597 ad); cathedral where St Thomas à Becket was martyred (1170); seat of the archbishop and primate of England; seat of the University of Kent (1965). Pop: 43 552 (2001)
2.  a regional council area of New Zealand, on E central South Island on Canterbury Bight: mountainous with coastal lowlands; agricultural. Chief town: Christchurch. Pop: 520 500 (2004 est). Area: 43 371 sq km (16 742 sq miles)

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Canterbury
O.E. Cantware-buruh, 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. In part perhaps to flatter Ethelbert, his capital was made the cathedral city.
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Example sentences for Canterbury
Many of the early archbishops of canterbury were buried in the baptistery at
  canterbury.
Early history the canterbury area has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
These wards have fifteen of the fifty seats on the canterbury city council.
The intended audience of the canterbury tales has proved very difficult to
  determine.
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