Definition of The Canterbury Tales from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Canterbury Tales

 
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
 
jump to other results
a long poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, begun in 1387. It consists of the stories told by a varied group of pilgrims, people travelling from London to Canterbury to show respect for St Thomas Becket. It is one of the first great poems in English, and some of the stories are well known for referring to sex in humorous ways.