Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of southeast England east-southeast of London. Its 11th-century cathedral, the seat of the primate of the Church of England, became an important medieval pilgrimage center after the murder there of Thomas à Becket (1170).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun 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 noun A stand with divisions in it for holding music, loose papers, etc.
  • proper noun (Bot.) a species of Campanula of several varieties, cultivated for its handsome bell-shaped flowers.
  • proper noun a gentle gallop such as was used by pilgrims riding to Canterbury; a canter.
  • proper noun one of the tales which Chaucer puts into the mouths of certain pilgrims to Canterbury. Hence, any tale told by travelers to pass away the time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun 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

Etymologies

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Old English Cantwaraburh.

Examples

  • 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.

    Early European History

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

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol. 1 A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook

  • 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.

    Antient funeral monuments, of Great-Britain, Ireland, and the islands adjacent

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

    CNN Transcript Jan 26, 2003

  • 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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  • 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.

    The Velvet Reformation

  • 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.

    The Velvet Reformation

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