Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Bailey

[bey-lee]
noun
  1. Liberty Hyde,1858–1954, U.S. botanist, horticulturist, and writer.
  2. Nathan or Nathaniel,died 1742, English lexicographer.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for liberty bailey

bailey

noun
  1. the outermost wall or court of a castle
Show More

Word Origin

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

Bailey

noun
  1. David . born 1938, English photographer
  2. Nathan or Nathaniel . died 1742, English lexicographer: compiler of An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1721–27)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for liberty bailey

bailey

n.

"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).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper