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derry

[der-ee] /ˈdɛr i/
noun, plural derries.
1.
a meaningless refrain or chorus in old songs.
Also called derry-down
[der-ee-doun] /ˈdɛr iˌdaʊn/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of derry
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; of obscure origin

Derry

[der-ee] /ˈdɛr i/
noun
1.
Londonderry (defs 1, 2).
2.
a town in SE New Hampshire.
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  • He has been here to say that he's off for derry to-night with the mail to meet Dolly.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • derry wishes to serve his country but is bound by a tie he cannot in honor break.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • From Limavady to derry there is very little uncultivated land.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • The view of derry at the distance of a mile or two is the most picturesque of any place I have seen.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • His honour, happily, was away in derry, and no one was there to question us as to our expedition.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • At derry more than usual ceremony awaited a stranger at the gates.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • Is there any Webb mentioned in history at the siege of derry?

  • "It is, I admit, a new idea to me," said young derry Willard.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Young derry Willard had to run like everything to catch his train.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Young derry Willard and Rosalee just stood and looked at each other.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for derry

derry1

/ˈdɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(Austral & NZ) have a derry on, to have a prejudice or grudge against
Word Origin
C19: probably from derry down, a refrain in some folk songs, alluding to the phrase have a down on; see down1

derry2

/ˈdɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(slang) a derelict house, esp one used by tramps, drug addicts, etc
Word Origin
C20: shortened from derelict

Derry

/ˈdɛrɪ/
noun
1.
a district in NW Northern Ireland, in Co Londonderry. Pop: 106 456 (2003 est). Area: 387 sq km (149 sq miles)
2.
another name for Londonderry
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