Definition of Canterbury

1. 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.

Generic synonyms: Town
Group relationships: Kent

Definition of Canterbury

1. 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.

Definition of Canterbury

1. Proper noun. An ancient city in Kent, England ¹

2. Proper noun. A province of New Zealand ¹

3. Proper noun. A region of New Zealand ¹

4. Noun. A rack for magazines or other papers, usually wooden, often done as a decorative piece. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Canterbury

Cannon's theory
Cannon-Bard theory
Cantabrian Mountains
Cantelli's sign
Canterbury Tales
Canterbury bell
Canterbury bells
Canterbury gallop
Cantharellus cibarius
Cantharellus cinnabarinus
Cantharellus clavatus
Cantharellus floccosus
Canticle of Canticles
Canticle of Simeon
Canton's phosphorus

Literary usage of Canterbury

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1907)
"20 and 21. canterbury, 1833. 1837, Aug. 4 and 5. canterbury, 1837. ... canterbury. 1835, Jan. 8 and 9. canterbury. 1837, July 24 and 25. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Lanfranc introduced the prebendal system at canterbury, and reorganized the arrangement of property, dividing off that of the archbishop from that of the ..."

3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1873)
"To be communicated to y* Chh. The Freeholders & Inhabitants of the Town of canterbury,—To the Chh of Christ in North Hampton, Send Greeting— Rev*1 Hond ..."

4. Great Britain: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1906)
"Among the remaining points of interest in canterbury may he ... M. to the W. of canterbury, on the London road, is the ¡age of ..."

5. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet, Edward Nares (1843)
"The convocation of canterbury was opened at St. Paul's : but a monition came from Wolsey to Warham, to appear before him, with his clergy, at Westminster on ..."

6. Transactions by Ecclesiological Society (1905)
"Archbishop of canterbury. Archbishop of canterbury. Not crowned. Not crowned. Not crowned. Not crowned. Archbishop of canterbury. Not crowned. Not crowned. ..."

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