from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southeast Australia, a suburb of Sydney. Population: 130,000.
  • A borough of southeast England on the Stour River east-southeast of London. Canterbury Cathedral (11th-16th century) is the seat of the archbishop and primate of the Anglican Communion. Built on the site of an abbey founded by Saint Augustine c. 600, it was the scene of the murder of Thomas à Becket (1170). Population: 43,500.

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  • proper n. An ancient city in Kent, England
  • proper n. A province of New Zealand
  • proper n. A region of New Zealand

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A city in England, giving its name various articles. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury (primate of all England), and contains the shrine of Thomas à Becket, to which pilgrimages were formerly made.
  • proper n. A stand with divisions in it for holding music, loose papers, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stand with divisions, for holding music, portfolios, loose papers, etc., usually made somewhat ornamental as a piece of furniture, and mounted on casters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a town in Kent in southeastern England; site of the cathedral where Thomas a Becket was martyred in 1170; seat of the archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church


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Old English Cantwaraburh.


  • His _Canterbury Tales_ are supposed to be told by a company of pilgrims, as they journey from London to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury.

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  • _Bath (The Wife of_), one of the pilgrims travelling from Southwark to Canterbury, in Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_.

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  • In CoatentioB Cor WITHIN THE DIOCESE OF CANTERBURY. xoi In former ages (faith Cambden in this traft) during the Roman hierarchy, the archbiihops of Canterbury were primates of all Britain, legates to the pope, and as U R B A N II. faid, the patriarchs, as it were, of another world.

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  • ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: Mr. Secretary of State, I'm George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

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  • It was the martyred Thomas Becket, after all, that prompted Chaucer’s entourage in THE CANTERBURY TALES to undertake their pilgrimage to Canterbury, where the shrine to Becket is located.

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  • Insurrection in Canterbury on Christmas Day last, with the great hurt that befell divers persons thereby. "]" Upon Wednesday, _Decem. _ 22, the Cryer of _Canterbury_ by the appointment of Master _Major_, [9] openly proclaimed that Christmas day, and all other Superstitious Festivals should be put downe, and that a Market should be kept upon _Christmas day_.

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  • "That's what I calls a Canterbury poke, dear boys," he cried.

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  • The bishops in Canterbury came to some rough-and-ready agreements: they established a new “pastoral forum” to help resolve disputes; they upheld existing moratoria against the ordination of openly gay and partnered people as bishops and against the public church blessing of same-sex unions.

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  • In 597, St Augustine arrived in Canterbury, sent from Rome.

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  • By taking the example of a small community arts group in Canterbury, there are a number of sources of information that you might want to tap in to:

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