Big Ben


: a large bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London
: the tower that houses Big Ben
also : the clock in the tower

Examples of Big Ben in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Lego Architecture London Skyline Collection is a great gift for adults or kids ages 12 and up, complete with 468 pieces that come together to form the city’s famous landmarks, including Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Thames River. Mia Huelsbeck, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Bikinis, beer, Beach Boys music and Big Ben provide an incongruous setting for beach volleyball in the pouring rain smack in the middle of Horse Guards Parade. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 And from 2004 to 2017, save for one season, that conference’s champion was either Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Big Ben Roethlisberger. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 Watching the fireworks show with Big Ben and the London Eye as your backdrop can feel like the only way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 22 Dec. 2023 Then, the royal party and the veterans stood quietly as Big Ben a couple of hundred yards away, chimed on the hour signaling the start of the two-minute silence. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 Firstly, how to divide your time between the 170 museums, parks, lively pubs, and iconic monuments from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben; and secondly, what to pack. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 29 Sep. 2023 His takeover of the venerable Harrods in 1985 struck many Britons as shameless brass, something akin to buying Big Ben. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 And the angle of the Big Ben exacerbates that effect. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Sir Benjamin Hall †1867 English Chief Commissioner of Works

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Big Ben was in 1859

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“Big Ben.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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