Big Ben

Big Ben

noun
the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, England.

Origin:
1890–95

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Big Ben
 
n
1.  the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
2.  the clock in this tower
3.  the tower
 
[C19: named after Sir Benjamin Hall, Chief Commissioner of Works in 1856 when it was cast]

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Big Ben
clock in the Parliament tower in London, generally said to have been named for Sir Benjamin Hall (18021867), first Chief Commissioner of Works, under whose supervision the bell was cast.
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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.

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