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Big Ben

noun
1.
the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, England.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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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
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