noun, plural bai·leys.
Origin of bailey
Definition for bailey (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for bailey
Circus parades often became as large a sight as the performance itself; one Barnum and Bailey parade stretched for three miles.
In 1881, along came Bailey, operator of another circus, and two circuses joined to give rise to the first three-ring spectacle.
Bailey and one of the other women said that Freundel specifically instructed them not to tell others about the re-dunk.Women Describe How Top D.C. Rabbi Allegedly Spied on Them in the Nude|Steven I. Weiss|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bailey, who is also dating the director, said working on a Leigh production was incredibly arduous.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood|Nico Hines|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“My balls are getting stuck,” Bailey Jay complains at one point, crossing and re-crossing her mile-long legs.
She's cured of her lameness now, and is grown up to be a very pretty girl, Bailey said.Georgina's Service Stars|Annie Fellows Johnston
This paper says that Congdon was seen by one person and one only at Bailey Harbor.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!|Meredith Nicholson
Rushing into the bailey he saw the men-at-arms milling about confusedly, while women screeched.The Hour of the Dragon|Robert E. Howard
He hurried on and Stuffer came behind him, and presently the pair struck a wagon road running directly past the old Bailey barn.The Putnam Hall Rebellion|Arthur M. Winfield
Finally, then, how could you know that Bailey was injured and unconscious?Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for bailey (1 of 2)
Word Origin for bailey
British Dictionary definitions for bailey (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for bailey
"wall enclosing an outer court," early 14c. (c.1200 in Anglo-Latin), baylle, variant of bail, from Old French bail "stake, palisade, brace," of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately connected to Latin bacula "sticks," on notion of "stakes, palisade fence." Old Bailey, seat of Central Criminal Court in London, was so called because it stood within the ancient bailey of the city wall. The surname Bailey usually is from Old French bailli, a later form of baillif (see bailiff).