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derby (ˈdɜːrbɪ Pronunciation for derby

Definitions

noun

(plural) -bies
  1. (US & Canadian) a stiff felt hat with a rounded crown and narrow curved brim Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): bowler

Synonyms

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= competition, event, championship, tournament, contest, puzzle, quiz, head-to-head

Derby1 (ˈdɑːbɪ Pronunciation for Derby1 ; US English ˈdɜːrbɪ) 

Definitions

noun

  1. See the Derby

  2. any of various other horse races
  3. See local Derby

Word Origin

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

Derby2 (ˈdɑːbɪ Pronunciation for Derby2

Definitions

noun

  1. 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)
  2. a unitary authority in central England, in Derbyshire. Pop: 233 200 (2003 est). Area: 78 sq km (30 sq miles)
  3. a firm-textured pale-coloured type of cheese
  4. See sage Derby

Derby3 (ˈdɑːbɪ Pronunciation for Derby3

Definitions

noun

  1. Earl of. title of Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley. 1799–1869, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1852; 1858–59; 1866–68)

Example Sentences Including 'derby'

Grange report a clean bill of health for their capital derby with Watsonians at Myreside.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
He is likely to go straight into the squad for next Saturday's Premiership clash with derby rivals Newcastle.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Imagine a combination of football, basketball, hockey and smash-up derby.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
O'Leary wants more steel Aston Villa boss David O'Leary fears his team will get kicked off the pitch in Sunday's second city derby.
Megastar (2005)
THREE 2002-3 season Australian derby winners are among new recruits to the national stallion roster for the 2004 stud season.
The Australian (2004)
That's when they travelled to Gillingham for their local ` derby ".
St. John, Ian & Tibballs, Geoff Book of Soccer Lists
There had been a sending-off in the local derby , but no goalmouth action so far.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)

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