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 liberty 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 liberty 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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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).

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