Definition of Canterbury bell in US English:

Canterbury bell


  • A tall, sturdy cultivated bellflower with large blue, pink, or white flowers.

    Campanula medium, family Campanulaceae

    • ‘Pink Canterbury bells will provide beautiful pink blooms from later spring to the early weeks of summer.’
    • ‘Plants that may require staking to hold their blooms high include Canterbury bells, hollyhocks, and verbascums, with foxgloves and delphiniums in the upper garden zones.’
    • ‘Planted along with traditional peonies, irises and chrysanthemums, are lupines, veronicas and Canterbury bells, a contemporary feature rarely seen in Japanese gardens.’


Late 16th century: named after the bells on Canterbury pilgrims' horses (see canter).


Canterbury bell

/ˈkan(t)ərˌbərē ˌbel/