derby

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noun der·by \ˈdər-bē, especially British ˈdär-\

Definition of derby

plural

derbies

  1. 1 :  any of several horse races held annually and usually restricted to three-year-olds

  2. 2 :  a race or contest open to all comers or to a specified category of contestants bicycle derby

  3. 3 :  a man's stiff felt hat with dome-shaped crown and narrow brim

Examples of derby in a Sentence

  1. a derby between Manchester United and Manchester City

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Origin and Etymology of derby

Edward Stanley †1834, 12th earl of Derby


Derby

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geographical name Der·by \ˈdär-bē, chiefly U.S. ˈdər-\

Definition of Derby

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


DERBY Defined for English Language Learners

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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

derby

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noun der·by \ˈdər-bē\

Definition of derby for Students

plural

derbies

  1. 1 :  a race for three-year-old horses usually held every year

  2. 2 :  a race or contest open to anyone a fishing derby

  3. 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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