derby

noun
der·​by | \ ˈdər-bē How to pronounce derby (audio) , especially British ˈdä-\
plural derbies

Definition of derby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 British : a game between local sports teams … even when both clubs were going through trophy droughts, the derby was still treated like a European Cup final by the fans.Manchester Evening News
4 : a man's stiff felt hat with dome-shaped crown and narrow brim

Derby

geographical name
Der·​by | \ ˈdär-bē How to pronounce Derby (audio) , chiefly U.S. ˈdər-\

Definition of Derby (Entry 2 of 2)

city on the Derwent River in Derbyshire, north central England population 252,000

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Examples of derby in a Sentence

Noun

a derby between Manchester United and Manchester City

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His departure will make for another intriguing quarterback derby beginning in spring practice between Fields, a dual-threat player with a big arm, and fleet Tate Martell, who already has two years playing under Day’s tutelage. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft," 7 Jan. 2019 Manchester for Leicester City's match with Manchester City, and Milan for the Milan derby. SI.com, "Superfan Relay: How The Most Passionate Fans Experience Matchdays Around The World," 21 May 2018 The Foundation Sportsmen’s Club Original Sturgeon Derby, aka Super Bowl derby is this coming Saturday and Sunday out of McAvoy’s Boat Harbor in Bay Point. sacbee, "Fishing line: Steelhead action improves on American River | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Jan. 2018 The two-way star, tabbed baseball's most intriguing player, would seem to be a natural for the home run derby. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Reliever Blake Parker enjoying resurgence with Angels," 21 May 2018 The same month Kentucky derby winner, Barbaro suffered an injury during the Preakness Stakes. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The lone effectiveness of Trump," 15 July 2018 Gregg Doyel meets olympic luger Aiden Kelly, who teaches budding gold medalists the craft at Indy's soapbox derby hill, Indianapolis, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: USA Luge's search for next great Winter Olympian visits Indianapolis," 28 June 2018 On social media, the roller-derby cheerleaders are mocked—their manliness, fashion sense and dance skills questioned. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Female Roller Derby Skaters Are Fearless—So Are Their Male Cheerleaders," 7 Dec. 2018 But an important, less quantifiable component of the Heisman derby takes place during the offseason. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "The Most Intriguing Dark Horses of the Offseason Heisman Hype Machine," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of derby

Noun

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for derby

Noun

Edward Stanley †1834, 12th earl of Derby

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derby

noun

English Language Learners Definition of derby

: a type of horse race that takes place every year
: a race or contest
British : a game between local sports teams

derby

noun
der·​by | \ ˈdər-bē How to pronounce derby (audio) \
plural derbies

Kids Definition of derby

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

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