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Big Ben

noun
1.
the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, England.
Origin of Big Ben
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • It was eleven o'clock when he went into Big Ben's pool-room.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
  • They sat very still while Big Ben proclaimed the hour of nine.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • “There is not a better within ten mile of us,” said Big Ben, dismounting.

    Over the Rocky Mountains R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then she knew that little Dot was in the field with Big Ben.

    Five Little Friends Sherred Willcox Adams
  • They were getting nearer, and making magnificent shooting, when the Nordenfeldt turned its fire upon "Big Ben" itself.

    The Siege of Mafeking (1900) J. Angus Hamilton.
  • But here is our restaurant, Maude, and Big Ben says that it is a quarter to two.

    A Duet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • By the time Big Ben had struck one o'clock, she thought it would be safe to venture.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for Big Ben

Big Ben

noun
1.
the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
2.
the clock in this tower
3.
the tower
Word Origin
C19: named after Sir Benjamin Hall, Chief Commissioner of Works in 1856 when it was cast
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Word Origin and History for Big Ben

clock in the Parliament tower in London, generally said to have been named for Sir Benjamin Hall (1802-1867), first Chief Commissioner of Works, under whose supervision the bell was cast.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Big Ben in Culture

Big Ben definition


The popular name for the huge clock mounted in a tower near the meeting place of the British Parliament in London. Big Ben strikes the quarter-hour with the familiar Westminster chimes.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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