Definition of derby
1 : any of several horse races held annually and usually restricted to three-year-olds
2 : a race or contest open to all comers or to a specified category of contestants bicycle derby
3 : a man's stiff felt hat with dome-shaped crown and narrow brim
Examples of derby in a Sentence
a derby between Manchester United and Manchester City
Recent Examples of derby from the Web
Herpich and derby participants are appreciative that Oak Lawn's Public Works department gets the streets and barricades ready for the Derby and the Oak Lawn Police who are also on hand.
Great baseball analysis Multitasking during baseball's home run derby last night, I was reminded there's no better sports newsletter than one Joe Sheehan does on baseball.
The derby format is an eight-man, single-elimination bracket, featuring the following pairings: No.
Throughout the day, kids can participate in baseball and softball clinics, skills games, a kids home run derby, a kids press conference with a MLB Legend and much more.
Live entertainment, harness racing, antique tractor pull and demolition derby.
By 8 a.m., about 40 people had picked a spot on the rocks near the lagoon, with fishing gear near their feet and bobbers in the water in hopes of getting the biggest fish at Zion Park District's annual fishing derby.
There will also be diaper derbies, raffles, goodie bags, music, catered food and drinks, and free massages.
Labor Day weekend tradition, in its 65th — and final — year, features nautical parade of begonia-laden boats, sand sculpture contest, fishing derby, concerts and family activities.
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Origin and Etymology of derby
Edward Stanley †1834, 12th earl of Derby
First Known Use: 1796See Words from the same year
DERBY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of derby for English Language Learners
: a type of horse race that takes place every year
: a race or contest
: a game between local sports teams
DERBY Defined for Kids
Definition of derby for Students
1 : a race for three-year-old horses usually held every year
2 : a race or contest open to anyone a fishing derby
3 : a stiff felt hat with a narrow brim and a rounded top
History for derby
The first horse race called a Derby was named after an English nobleman named Edward Stanley, the Earl of Derby (1752-1834). The Earl of Derby instituted the race in 1780, and it continues to be run to the present day in England on the first Wednesday in June. The name Derby has become attached to other horse races, such as the Kentucky Derby in the United States, as well as to races and contests that have nothing to do with horses.
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