Derby

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[ dur-bee; for 1, 2 also British dahr-bee ]
/ ˈdɜr bi; for 1, 2 also British ˈdɑr bi /
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noun

a city in Derbyshire in central England.
a city in S Connecticut.

Definition for derby (2 of 2)

Derby

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[ dur-bee; British dahr-bee ]
/ ˈdɜr bi; British ˈdɑr bi /

noun, plural Der·bies.

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 Derby

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First recorded in 1830–40; after Edward Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby (died 1834), who instituted the race
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British Dictionary definitions for derby (1 of 4)

derby

/ (ˈdɜːrbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

US and Canadian a stiff felt hat with a rounded crown and narrow curved brimAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): bowler

British Dictionary definitions for derby (2 of 4)

Derby

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/ (ˈdɑːbɪ, US ˈdɜːrbɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for Derby

C18: named after the twelfth Earl of Derby (died 1834), who founded the horse race at Epsom Downs in 1780

British Dictionary definitions for derby (3 of 4)

Derby

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/ (ˈdɑːbɪ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for derby (4 of 4)

Derby

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/ (ˈdɑːbɪ) /

noun

Earl of. title of Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley. 1799–1869, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1852; 1858–59; 1866–68)
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Word Origin and History for derby

derby


n.

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).

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