- a city in Derbyshire in central England.
- a city in S Connecticut.
- a race for three-year-old horses that is run annually at Epsom Downs, near London, England: first run in 1780.
- any of certain other important annual horse races, usually for three-year-old horses, especially the Kentucky Derby.
- (lowercase) a race or contest, usually one open to all who wish to enter and offering a prize for the winner.
- (lowercase) any endeavor or venture regarded as a competition: to win the gubernatorial derby.
- (lowercase) Also called bowler. a stiff felt hat with rounded crown and narrow brim, worn chiefly by men.
Origin of Derby2
Examples from the Web for derby
So please enjoy “One Red Rose: The Green Kid on Middleground Plucks a Derby Trophy,” which ran on May 6, 1950.One Red Rose for the Green Kid Who Won the Kentucky Derby
May 3, 2014
It was Derby Day when Clarissa came home to find her mother dead.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
In 2011, Napravnik came in ninth--the best finish by a female jockey in Derby history.Rosie Napravnik Didn't Win the Derby, But Stole Our Hearts
May 5, 2013
Rosemarie Smith, 83, from Derby, said she had stored the slice in a Royal Crown Derby cup at her home ever since.Slice of Charles's Toast to be Auctioned
July 13, 2012
And that was the turning point to where I was like, OK, derby first and everything else after.Is Gotham Girl All-Star Bonnie Thunders the LeBron James of Roller Derby?
June 23, 2012
The latest proprietor of those times was James, Earl of Derby.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
But about the Derby, I have reasons for wishing to win that race, reasons other than the money.
It's just three days till the Derby, an' we've got to give him a strong workout.
A thought flashed through his mind that it might be the Derby.
The day before the Derby, the 12th of the month, Alan asked his day's leave and got it.
- US and Canadian a stiff felt hat with a rounded crown and narrow curved brimAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): bowler
- the Derby an annual horse race run at Epsom Downs, Surrey, since 1780: one of the English flat-racing classics
- any of various other horse races
- local Derby a football match between two teams from the same area
- a city in central England, in Derby unitary authority, Derbyshire: engineering industries (esp aircraft engines and railway rolling stock); university (1991). Pop: 229 407 (2001)
- a unitary authority in central England, in Derbyshire. Pop: 233 200 (2003 est). Area: 78 sq km (30 sq miles)
- a firm-textured pale-coloured type of cheese
- sage Derby a green-and-white Derby cheese flavoured with sage
- Earl of. title of Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley. 1799–1869, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1852; 1858–59; 1866–68)
Word Origin and History for derby
type of hat," manufactured in U.S. 1850, name appears 1870, perhaps from annual Derby horse race in England, where this type of hat was worn. Race was begun 1780 by the 12th Earl of Derby; the name was used for any major horse race after 1875. Derby the English shire is Old English Deorby "deer village," from deor "deer" + by "habitation, homestead," from a Scandinavian source (see bylaw).