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bailey

[ bey-lee ]
/ ˈbeɪ li /
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noun, plural bai·leys.
the defensive wall surrounding an outer court of a castle.
the courtyard itself.
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Origin of bailey

1250–1300; Middle English, variant of bail4

Other definitions for bailey (2 of 2)

Bailey
[ bey-lee ]
/ ˈbeɪ li /

noun
Liberty Hyde, 1858–1954, U.S. botanist, horticulturist, and writer.
Nathan or Nathaniel, died 1742, English lexicographer.
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British Dictionary definitions for bailey (1 of 2)

bailey
/ (ˈbeɪlɪ) /

noun
the outermost wall or court of a castle

Word Origin for bailey

C13: from Old French baille enclosed court, from bailler to enclose; see bail ³

British Dictionary definitions for bailey (2 of 2)

Bailey
/ (ˈbeɪlɪ) /

noun
David . born 1938, English photographer
Nathan or Nathaniel . died 1742, English lexicographer: compiler of An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1721–27)
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