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derby (ˈdɜːrbɪ Pronunciation for derby



(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


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

Derby1 (ˈdɑːbɪ Pronunciation for Derby1 ; US English ˈdɜːrbɪ) 



  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



  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



  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'

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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