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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Again, Indiana fans must wait to get their first glimpse of the quarterback derby. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Coordinator change creates new wrinkles in Hoosiers offense," 11 Apr. 2019 Mariah Tillery, watching on with Eliza Gardner, her 4-year-old niece, was attending the derby after a recent move to the area. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 July 2018 Since then, Trout never has wanted to do it, frustrating league executives who would love to get their best player into the derby. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Angels' Shohei Ohtani seems like a no-brainer for the home run derby," 20 May 2018 All fans with tickets are allowed entrance into the pre-game home run derby. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Former Reds to compete in Freedom's home run derby," 1 Mar. 2018 Making big money as head of the Empire State Building and a bank, Smith moved to Fifth Avenue and swapped his brown derby for a silk hat. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Frank and Al’ Review: A Friendship Forged in Albany," 25 Sep. 2018 Joe Biden has opened up a 21-length lead over the 20 or so other ponies running to challenge the big horse, Donald Trump, in the 2020 presidential derby. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "So It’s Trump vs. Biden in 2020?," 8 May 2019 In an eastern Spain derby, Valencia secured a 3-1 away win at Villarreal after scoring a couple goals in injury time. Karel Janicek, The Seattle Times, "Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia and Benfica win in Europa League," 11 Apr. 2019 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

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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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