bailey

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noun bai·ley \ˈbā-lē\

Definition of bailey

plural

baileys

  1. 1 :  the outer wall of a castle or any of several walls surrounding the keep

  2. 2 :  a courtyard within the external wall or between two outer walls of a castle

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Origin and Etymology of bailey

Middle English bailli, palisade, bailey, from Anglo-French baille, balie


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biographical name Bai·ley \ˈbā-lē\

Definition of Bailey

  1. Liberty Hyde 1858–1954 American botanist


Bailey

biographical name bai·ley

Definition of Bailey

  1. Nathan or Nathaniel died 1742 English lexicographer


Bailey

biographical name bai·ley

Definition of Bailey

  1. Pearl Mae 1918–1990 American singer


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